Any other LP players find this difficult?

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  1. Deed_Poll

    Deed_Poll Member

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    I always find it hard to play barre C shape chords from about the 10th fret up on my LP. I just find I have to turn my wrist a lot more and the neck heel sometimes gets in the way. Must be to do with the 'waist' of the guitar being so close to the neck I think, as I don't have the same problem on my Strat or JMs...
     
  2. dubdub

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    If your talking about this then I can do it fine up to the 13 fret with no trouble, its a strange shape to begin with but the heel never gets in the way. I play a lot of minor 7ths so its basically the same shape. The only problem for me not to do it higher is the frets are small for my fat fingers.
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  3. G Man

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    I think you just discovered scale length.
     
  4. milli vanilli

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    I'm not really a full chord kinda guy, but maybe do a 5 string barre chord or some triads in a more comfortable spot instead?
     
  5. sshan25

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    No wonder you can't play that thing. It's got no nibs.
     
  6. dubdub

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    Whats a nib? English is not my 1st language
     
  7. sshan25

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    It's a joke. A nib is the part of a Gibson binding that covers the end of the frets. Some people attribute magical powers to them.
     
  8. cosmic_ape

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    Break down the voicing. Cherry pick which notes to play.
     
  9. TDJMB

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    Is it scale length or is it the deeper neck shape of LPs (assuming)?
     
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    Yep, Strap length is an astute observation... Wear your guitar higher and take the twist out of your wrist..
     
  12. Pleximan

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    There is more than one way to skin a cat. Doing full barre chords up that high on a Les Paul isn't really possible. You can play a C on the 15 fret with the A string as your root. so it looks like a power chord essentially.
     
  13. Pleximan

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    I can't remember the name of the chord. Hendrix used it a lot in Third stone from the sun. It's an octave chord. I throw that in when i need a unique voicing for a particular chord. It works great in upper register playing. that's another option.
     
  14. custom53

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    Big Time...! :agree
     
  15. guitarnut_1

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    I seldom play chords like that in general, regardless of position on the neck.

    I fret the bass string with my thumb or play a lot of muted notes in a chord
     

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