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Comment by susi Lawson on February 4, 2011 at 7:40pm
Real good advice Ed, I am always staring at the fret board and this explains a lot of why that F chord is so hard! Thanks!
Comment by Bernie on February 4, 2011 at 9:10am
Good tips Edward
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 24, 2011 at 7:05pm

Just saw this...interesting!


January 24, 2011

Tackling Difficult Chords

Once you progress beyond learning the basic, open-position chords, your fingers may start to find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Physically challenging shapes like barre chords can be daunting for beginners, and other exotic chords may look as though they’d only be playable if you sprouted more fingers. Even some common major and minor chords—like F and Bm—are difficult to play no matter what you do. Don’t worry, in this lesson we’ll show you how you can make difficult chords easier by learning them in a step-by-step manner.

Read from Your Diagram
With most material for new guitarists, chord names are accompanied by diagrams that tell you exactly where each finger should go on the fretboard. The following diagrams illustrate common ways to make F and Bm chords—two chords that beginners encounter fairly early on and others find difficult to play.


If these chords give you trouble, it’s a good idea to think about your arm position and posture. If you’re tilting your fretboard upward so you can see what your fingers are doing, it will be more difficult to play these chords clearly, and you could even be inviting wrist injury down the road. Instead, sit up straight and position the guitar so that you’re looking at the top edge of the fretboard, with the waist of the guitar flat against your leg. Keep your fretting arm from resting on your leg so that you can bend your wrist easily. If you’re used to playing while hunched over the fretboard, this new posture-perfect position may feel a bit unnatural at first, but you’ll find it will pay serious dividends when it comes time to dig into difficult chord shapes.

By Jenny Reynolds


Comment by Edward Sparks on January 21, 2011 at 9:33am

Just rad this in a thread about dealing with stage fright...


 The only times I ever had stage fright in my life, I did the old "pick a spot in the back of the room and lock in on it" trick. This solves two problems:

1) The audience doesn't see you staring at your shoes, and about half of them think you're looking at them specifically.

2) By looking at a spot, you can forget about all those people until you fall into your zone, at which point all those people don't matter anymore.

Comment by robin on January 19, 2011 at 1:15pm
hey mark and edward - thanks for sharing the details of your time at it before getting out there in front of <gasp> total strangers.  its motivating! 
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 19, 2011 at 4:50am
From the Gibson Newsletter...I don't know bout you but I go through dozens of sets of strings in a year! I usually put them in the recycle bin, but this is another option!

"No Strings Attached: How to Reuse Your Guitar Strings"
Comment by Johnny Horner on January 18, 2011 at 8:01pm
Thanks Dean
Comment by Newbie Dean on January 18, 2011 at 6:17pm
Just like you, Johnny, I took up guitar after retrement.  I started almost 1 1/2 years ago.  I'm LUVIN" it.  Wish I'd have started YEARS ago.  At times when i feel I'm progressing, my fingers remind me WHO is in charge, and it's not ME.  But I keep plunkin' away and having fun.  The people on this and other forums are GREAT at answering questions and encouraging newbies like us.  WELCOME and Keep It Fun.  Dean
Comment by Rich McDonough on January 18, 2011 at 12:08pm

I love readig the comments, it gives me a lot of encouragement to keep on going.Thanks all.

Comment by Johnny Horner on January 18, 2011 at 11:44am

Thanks everyone. I'm reallty not that bad. lol Just making a joke. lol

I do get a bit aggravated when my old fingers cramp while trying to reach those chords. lol



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