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The 5th string is not shown in these chord charts since, most of the time, we just let it drone away on a G note. Test it with each chord you learn. If you like the sound of it, play it. If you don't, well... don't. (Funny thing though, often the 5th string sounds "funny" with a chord when you strum it, but sounds fine when you include it in picking rolls. You'll soon hear what I am talking about if you hang in here.)
Bear in mind that often you will only be playing PART of the notes of the chord while picking out a tune. A good example of this is found in measure #2 of the A-Part of Cripple Creek where you hold two fretted notes that are part of the C chord. Go back and look at it and compare to the C chord above. That's what I am talkin' about.
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