dougie conscious wrote:why play 4 if you have 6 ?
1. it sounds better, sharper. cleaner, less 'stodgy'
2. The thumb does not have to provide the resistance for the fingers to fret the notes, the back of the hand is far stronger and more suited for it, quicker, sharper 'squeeze' when fretting the chord. quicker attack, quicker release
3.The little finger is freed up for occasional 7th notes
4. The bar across the top strings is stronger, cleaner as you can use the first two 3rds of the finger, rather than the fatty 'shoulder' of the index finger, the power for which must come from that furthest knuckle.
5. with 'marley chords' one can slide chords far easier, less pressure in needed to hold down the 4 lighter strings, agility is increased
6. bar chords require that 'erect' hand shape at 90 dgrees to the neck , 'marley chords' allow the elbow back so that the arm is in normal, relaxed position. Now the neck is closer to the body, giving greater control
dougie conscious wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAh1jwu9E_E
Thank you for validating my assertions with a nice vid of Hughie striking only 4 strings
, despite the fact that he is using a bar chord shape. I suspect he isn't fretting the 6th string, he probaby frets the 5th even tho he does not play it, It's good practice, just in case, so if he hits that 5th striing once by accident, it will be the right note.
He does play a couple of SUSTAINED chords with 6 strings but that is not what was being discussed , It is the off beat 'skanks'/'chops'/'chips'/'fillets' that need to be 4 strings only and Hughie plays nice, neat 4 string chords in that vid. those strings sound a little old and 'coated' though, could do with a shiny new set.
Most important tip for reggae guitarist (and bass) yet, clean the ganja off your fingers before you touch your instrument, that stuff gets all over the strings. lemon juice is excellent for breakng down resinous residues on fingers.