Not contradicting but there are several good fingering set ups. I think it’s important to know them all before choosing one.
I use middle finger middle string 99% of the time. It allows me to get to all shapes without lifting making a smoother transition up and down the fretboard. Holding the chord down is what keeps you from being choppy. That is your peddle on the piano. Without holding them down until something takes their place or you are physically forced to move , evertytime you remove your hand the sound stops. I have a tutorial on C chords that explains some of this and also one on sustain.
Consider all suggestions you get here and one will work for you. There is just one way to play. I found this out after playing about )8 yrs. I took a class from Barbara Ernst and it changed everything. I didn’t know I had a choice. I like hymns, Celtic and waltzes. But when I recorded back what I played they were choppy and disconnected. This Chang fixed everything but it was a grueling process undoing all that muscle memory. So don’t settle too quickly is all I’m saying.
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