Continuing my Analysis of Writing and Music

I’ve been practicing my baritone ukulele for three months. To add to my schedule, I purchased a guitar. The chords and fingering are the same for the baritone and the guitar.
Interestingly, when you look at guitar chords, there are x’s o’s and black dots on a a fret board that tell you which strings to play, not to play and where to put your fingers when chording. With the baritone, the x’s and o’s are not critical. All four strings are played on every chord. So, as I practiced the baritone and learned chords, I kept in mind that they were the same chords as for a guitar. I forgot that some strings were played and some were not. So, I got into the habit of playing all the strings.
What happened was songs on the baritone sounded like they were supposed to sound. The songs I played on the guitar sounded off , and to coin a phrase, I couldn’t put my finger on the problem. At first I just attributed the problem to switching instruments. I told myself I would learn how to play the chords right on the guitar in time.
Then, I looked closely at the chord diagrams for guitar. I usually take off my glasses to see the chord diagrams. My glasses don’t help a lot when I’m trying to read a piece of paper several inches away. They do help when the paper is a few inches away. If I’m trying to play what I’m looking at, then I put the paper several inches away. It’s kinda goofy, but there’s an in between spot where the glasses don’t work well.
The problem is, when I don’t have my glasses, I can’t see the 4.0 pica print on the chords – the print x’s and o’s. Thus, I lost critical information.
When I found out which strings are to be played and which ones should remain silent, suddenly the chords sounded right – all of them. Oddly, it was the ones that didn’t leave out strings to be played, the ones that required all the strings that sounded right and the ones with strings supposed to be left out didn’t sound right.
I’ve corrected the problem.
This, to me, is similar to learning how to get the right voice in writing. If you don’t have the right voice, the reader senses the characters and the tale about them is a little off. If the writer pays attention to find details, the voice comes into focus, you use the right chords, and the reader is satisfied you have told your story well.