beginning guitar | chords | strings
Guitar Lessons: Beginner
This series of tips is designed to give the beginning guitar
player enough skills to get started and play competently in a band.
am a rank beginner, I am having a problem getting my fingers not to
rest on additional strings as I try to make a cord. So you see I am in
There is a number of ways to overcome this common problem:
The main thing to keep in mind about guitar is that you can "design"
your own chord shapes. The truth is - it's the notes you a placing your
fingers on (or trying to stretch to) that make up the chord, not the
chord shape itself!
Unfortunately most *guitar chord books* are designed by (a) keyboard
players (I know this sounds crazy) or (b) generated by a computer.
Consequently a tremendous number of chords shapes are difficult or
clumsy for guitarists to reach.
My recommendation is to learn how to *construct* chords and design your
own chord shapes, custom built for your hands.
For example, if you are having trouble with the C chord (I'm referring to the C chord shape in our free course.
You will notice it is presented as a four string chord, using two
fingers - a great many guitarists find their second finger accidentally
blocking the third string - a way around this is to leave the second
finger out altogether and play the chord as a three string chord (it's
still the correct C chord we have simply made it much easier for us to
play). These concepts are discussed in our Express Guitar course (Chord
Construction - Design Your Own Chord Shapes).
Another problem can be getting your fingers to stand up and properly
clear the other strings, again we have developed a special program (the
Finger Gym - to address these issues).
You may also need to consider your guitar - different neck shapes,
fingerboard diameter, fret size etc., all contribute to *ease of
playing*. For example some guitarists find a solution by purchasing a
12 string guitar, removing the six thin strings(octave strings) and
playing the guitar as a conventional six string guitar - this gives the
player a wider fingerboard to make it easier to clear the strings.
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Sunshine Coast, Australia