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Thread #165138   Message #3958574
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
26-Oct-18 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: Chord Diagrams Exclude Bass E string?
Subject: RE: Chord Diagrams Exclude Bass E string?
Most chord diagrams assume the chord will be strummed using a downstroke. So, as Grishka says, the Low E as the bass note sounds awkward. But, and this is a big but, if you play that same A chord using an upstroke, that open low E sounds just fine as the final note. And if you fingerpick and incorporate the low E into picking patterns, it also sounds fine.

BTW, I've never had any problem with the sound of the low E as bass note in an A minor chord, just A major.

The usual disclaimers (YMMV etc.) may apply