This is how we teach our students about chords, how to make it easy and not hurting your hand and fingers.
1. just lay out all the fingering as show, do not need to press so your fingers so hard, will hurted.
2. now take your hand away from the fretboard.
3. Immediately put back all the fingers as where they supposed to be
4. take your hand and fingers away from the fretboard and immediately put them back again.
5. do this about 10 or 20 times, immediately one after another.
By now it should be much easier to play the chord - do this to every new chords you learn
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If your not already you may want to work with an Occupational Therapist to strengthen your left hand and fingers.
Sometime ago I saw an add for a device for guitar players to strengthen their fingers. It was a web of bands that fit on your fingers and you opened and closed your fist. The bands were such that there was tension in both directions.
As for the F chord I just use a full bar, placing the finger over all six strings. With practice it came much easier. You may also want to try rolling your index finger a little more to it's side rather than laying it flat on the strings. This should work with both a full bar or just the 1st & 2nd strings.
Hello and Good morning.
Exercise is the key for building up strength for your arms and finger muscles. Matter fact I advise my students to perform exercise daily, just a few simple exercise to make your fretboard fingers strong and in control.
go to my site and see those exercise.
I advise my students to exercise daily if for some reason they do not want to practice.
It is so hard and words are not enough to describe - so just go to my site and i think you will be happy.
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Someone else asked about this before and here was a suggestion my me!
Hey RS, another hint to help with mastering F and Bb...tune your guitar down a half step and then put a capo on the first fret, you are now basically back to standard pitch...BUT the tension is lower and IF the nut is not cut deep enough and causing problems with fretting behind the first fret you will know it because these chords will be easier to press down, cluing you to get the nut slots filed down a little! AND (could it get any better) you can keep it here until you master r these two hard chords and when you take off the capo, it will be easier! Trust me, I wouldn't steer you wrong! Edward
Here's a link to a discussion from last year about this very same subject:
My own method is to turn the index finger "in" so that the side of the finger is actually hitting the strings. The best way to accomplish this is to sort of tuck the left elbow in towards your gut . That forces the index finger to roll a bit.
I'm far from any sort of expert or really any kind of guitarist for that matter, but that is what works for me on the F chord.
I'm certain an instructor will tell you that's not the correct way to do it.