Tips and Advice For Playing Guitar Chords

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If you are new to playing the guitar then you probably know that the first hurdle comes in the form of chords. At first they can be very difficult to hold, play and especially change from one to another.

As with anything else, it basically comes down to practise, but with that said, here a few tips that might help you along the way.

* Play Individual Notes – Before strumming a chord try picking each note individually (also note as an arpeggio). This will ensure all notes are ringing cleanly. If not, then it will at least help you identify which string is causing you problems.

* Muted Strings – If any strings are not sounding clear then you may not be holding down the string hard enough. This can be difficult when you are new to the guitar as it can hurt your fingers however given time the tips of your fingers will soon strengthen. Also, check the other fingers are not unintentionally touching any other strings and it could be muting the sound.

* Arch Your Fingers – Your fingers should be arched around the neck and onto the strings. Again, this will prevent your fingers from unintentionally touching other strings.

* Don’t Press Too Hard – If you press down too hard on the strings when playing a chord you may accidently push the string up or down a little. This may bend the string ever so slightly and give off a different sound to the one you want and can sound out of tune.

* Thumb Placement – When playing most chords its best to keep your thumb pressed against the back of the guitar neck. This will allow you to wrap your fingers under the neck easier and also press down a little harder with them.

When you play a chord where the thick E string is NOT used then it helps to wrap your thumb over the top of the guitar neck. This will mute any unwanted sound from the top string and allow you to reach the notes in the thinner strings a little easier.

* Fret Chord And Remove – Once you can hold down a certain chord, try taking your hand completely off the guitar neck then placing it back on in the same position. Keep doing this over and over. Eventually your fingers will naturally go to the desired position on the neck and form the chord shape without even thinking about it.

* Stay Close to The Neck – When fretting chords and moving from one to another, keep your fingers as close to the strings and neck as possible. This makes it easier to quickly move from one chord shape to another.

Above all else, remember that it’s a natural process when learning something new. As with anything, it takes time. Chords can be very difficult at first as they are usually in positions which your fingers are not used to being in.

Remember that every other guitarist has been through exactly the same as you. It’s only practise and patience that will have you playing chords. But, the good news is that with just a few chords memorised you will be able to play thousands of different songs.

So get practising and have fun!

My name is Freddy and I am the creator and owner of FastfingerFreddy.com – An online video guitar lessons website focused on teaching the guitar to beginners. Visit me at www.fastfingerfreddy.com

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