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    Default How in the world do you guys squish your fingers on a soprano for chords?

    I dont exactly have the largest hands.
    In fact I have short fingers and about average finger fatness(LOL)
    I started out with a concert and for that scale I can squish my fingers close enough for an E chord.

    But when its time to play my beater uke which is a soprano I cannot make it sound clean.

    The 3 fingers cannot cleanly fit on the single fret they have to be on while my 4th finger si pressing on the 2nd fret.

    D chord is easier because you can angle your fingers more in parallel to the frets but chords like E I just cannot fathom how normal adults can play those cleanly.

    I see big guys playing their tiny sopranos on youtube and think how in the world is that even possible?!

    Help!

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    Thanks. I'll try it but it seems like im asking for trouble if I barre an E chord with my ring finger and index finger at the 2nd fret.
    I might be wrong.

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    It'll come. Really.

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    E chord took me 4 years to get. I either changed a song to a different key, avoided the song, or substituted E7. Few group play-alongs use songs with E chords. There is an easier barre but I don't have a uke with me to ry it on - I think it is barrre 4, pinky on 7, but I might be wrong.

    To play the harder version of E I played chords as follows, for 5 minutes per day:
    A E B E C E D E F E F E D E C E B E A
    A7 E B7 E etc...
    Am E Bm E etc...

    I started that excercise in year four and it got me over the finish line for E.

    By the way I have big fingers and the three finger D was a pain for me for one year, but now I can do it on a tiny sub-soprano uke. Keep at it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ipcmlr View Post
    I dont exactly have the largest hands.
    In fact I have short fingers and about average finger fatness(LOL)
    I started out with a concert and for that scale I can squish my fingers close enough for an E chord.

    But when its time to play my beater uke which is a soprano I cannot make it sound clean.

    The 3 fingers cannot cleanly fit on the single fret they have to be on while my 4th finger si pressing on the 2nd fret.

    D chord is easier because you can angle your fingers more in parallel to the frets but chords like E I just cannot fathom how normal adults can play those cleanly.

    I see big guys playing their tiny sopranos on youtube and think how in the world is that even possible?!

    Help!
    My ring finger will lay down, so I usually cheat the E with the ring finger pressing the G and E strings and then the pinky on the C...
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    Well right now i'm either using the normal fingering for E or if i feel like it barre the 4th fret strings 2-4 with my thumb, index on 2nd fret 1st string.
    I can only do this thumb barre comfortably on a soprano. Concert feels awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ipcmlr View Post
    Well right now i'm either using the normal fingering for E or if i feel like it barre the 4th fret strings 2-4 with my thumb, index on 2nd fret 1st string.
    I can only do this thumb barre comfortably on a soprano. Concert feels awful.
    Barres will come, it just takes time. Barres came a lot faster than the E chord for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ipcmlr View Post
    Thanks. I'll try it but it seems like im asking for trouble if I barre an E chord with my ring finger and index finger at the 2nd fret.
    I might be wrong.
    Are you playing in D tuning ? Then the E is 2220 or 2225. In the first instance you only need the ring finger pressed down and backward bent at the joint to allow the 1st string to ring clearly; in the second instance the ring finger covers all the frets and the pinky the 5th fret of the 1st string. In either case it is a lot of practice if you have no prior experience with a guitar or mandolin. Don't give up as it is difficult. If you are in C tuning then the description fits the D chord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mc View Post
    Are you playing in D tuning ? Then the E is 2220 or 2225. In the first instance you only need the ring finger pressed down and backward bent at the joint to allow the 1st string to ring clearly; in the second instance the ring finger covers all the frets and the pinky the 5th fret of the 1st string. In either case it is a lot of practice if you have no prior experience with a guitar or mandolin. Don't give up as it is difficult. If you are in C tuning then the description fits the D chord.
    I am in C tuning.
    4442.
    I'm using my left hand for chords so if i were to attempt to barre it would be using my ring finger on the GCE strings with my index finger on the 2nd fret A string.

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