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For open position G major do you use index, middle, ring fingers? Or middle, ring, pinky fingers? The second is an easier transition from C major but the first is a far more comfortable fingering for me. Does it matter? Do you use both depending on the situation? I just don't want to put one or the other into muscle memory and then find out that I should have gone the other way. My feeling is that it probably depends on the situation but I'm not sure. When I started learning from books etc... I started with moveable power chords and learned a few riffs. That was a little over a year ago and I'm just now getting to the basics of open position chords, bar chords, etc...
 

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Been playing since 1966. Index, middle and ring has worked all this time for me.

FWIW

However, I use the pinky to play a G major 6th as I like the sound much better. Ring on 5th 3rd fret, pinky on 6th 3rd fret. Somewhat more depth and harmonics, like a 12 string.

Try it, see what you think.

Had a great ride tonight and did my part to kill a few million mosquitos in Minnesota. (<--- fireblade content)
 

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Eventually you'll probably use both. Start with index, middle, ring. Even if you commit that to muscle memory, you won't have to 'unlearn' it to add the other fingering. And the middle, ring, pinky fingering will come pretty naturally after awhile anyway.
 

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I'm a horable beginner player...but index/middle/ring feels the best for me.  But I see how it could help to play it the other way, I find myself using middle/ring/pinkey for an open position E major, especialy when coming from an A (which I use middle/ring/pinkey because its easier then barring the 3 strings with my index.)  YMMV.

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Yeah, db is right.  When I think about it, I don't really think about it.  It just happens...

My advice is to learn the best feeling finger position for you with your particular instrument.  Variables such as hand size, fretboard width, string height over the frets, curvature and distance between frets, nut and bridge width will all determine what feels best for your hand.

After reading db's post I got to thinking...(yeah I know, I should think before hitting send)  I play classical acoustic much differently than electric.  

Try both, and settle with the one that feels the best for you to capture instantly on your guitar after a few weeks practice.  However, it really depends on the variables I mentioned, and will change from instrument to instrument.  With time and practice, either way will be so natural it will just happen.

It's just like riding.  I'll bet whenever you have to turn you don't think  'Okay, I have to countersteer by pushing on the left bar to go left even though that turns the wheel right'.  Not to make this a countersteering debate guys, that's only an example.  You need to turn, it just happens.  Practice those chord positions young Jedi, and it will happen.

BTW, I have a fuel injected '76 Strat, a turbocharged Takamine that goes both ways, two normally aspirated Framus, Peavy electrics, and a mint 1968 Electrovoice 664 mic when coupled with tubed amp pa sounds awesome.  I could never get the hang of the piano!
 

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What the hell is a 'turbo charged' or 'fuel injected' guitar?
 

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maxib : Been playing since 1966. Index, middle and ring has worked all this time for me.

FWIW

However, I use the pinky to play a G major 6th as I like the sound much better.  Ring on 5th 3rd fret, pinky on 6th 3rd fret.  Somewhat more depth and harmonics, like a 12 string.

Try it, see what you think.

Had a great ride tonight and did my part to kill a few million mosquitos in Minnesota.  (<--- fireblade content)
That's what I do. Makes changing to D major easier and sounds much better.
 

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ND4SPDSHO : Quote (G-Force Junkie @ Aug. 12 2003, 1:42am)Quote (luvtolean @ Aug. 11 2003, 9:36pm)What the hell is a 'turbo charged' or 'fuel injected' guitar?
Like a normal one but faster    
 How big is the turbo?
About 250 Watts...
 

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luvtolean : What the hell is a 'turbo charged' or 'fuel injected' guitar?
Hey luv (geez I hate saying that, makes me sound, well...you know)

Just trying to keep somewhat on topic. Glad you didn't ask about 'goes both ways'
 

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OK got it...I thought it was some kinda mod to the guitar. I'm ignorant of guitars...other than I like to
 
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