Are you having a little trouble playing some of your guitar chords? Need a little help with guitar chords? Fear not, here a few chord troubleshooting tips to help out.
Help With Guitar Chords
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These are just some of the guitar chord tips I cover in my Rhythm Guitar Mastery course. Each guitar chord has it's own trouble areas, So in Rhythm Guitar Mastery I break down each chord and show you the easiest fingerings, and the tricks needed to play your chords easily.
Beyond just learning chords, the Rhythm Guitar Mastery course will also teach you all about strumming and rhythms. Check it out here...
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Guitar Chord Help - Hand Position Tips
Here are a few basic hand position tips for playing guitar chords. I'm going to be using a C chord as an example, but these can be applied to a lot of other chords as well.
Sometimes just being able to read guitar chord charts is not enough. It's not just where you should put your fingers, but how. Here are a few "hows" for C that should help with playing chords in general.
C Major Chord Chart
Angle Your Fingers to the Left
The first guitar chord tip is to angle your fingers so you are pressing more on the left side of the tips of your fingers.
This is the left side if you are looking down at your left hand with your palm facing up.
With your fingers slightly angled like this, you are going to be able to keep closer to the fret bars without spreading your fingers apart from each other.
*Note: I'm overdoing it in the picture above, but it helps you get the idea of what I am talking about.
If you don't angle your fingers to the left, you will find yourself spreading your fingers out awkwardly to reach the notes.You will more than likely end up touching the other strings with your fingers and muting them by accident.
Keep Your Palm Closer to the Bottom of the Neck
Next, try moving the palm of your left hand closer to the bottom of the neck of the guitar. This lets your fingers press down on the notes at a steeper angle. This will help you avoid accidentally touching other strings.
*Note: In the picture above my palm is touching the bottom of the neck. There are actually some chords where you will do this, but I'm just trying to give you the basic idea of what I'm talking about. So you will not be touching for most chords, but you will be very close to the bottom of the neck for many.
Pull Your Left Hand More in Front of the Guitar
The last guitar chord hand position tip is to rotate your left hand slightly so your fingers are more in front of the neck of the guitar.This helps give your fingers more clearance away from other strings that you will not want to touch. *Again I am exaggerating in the picture to the left.
If where your fingers attach to your hand is behind the neck, then you will find you end up muting the other strings.In general where your fingers attach to your hand should be in line with the surface of the fretboard.
The Capo Trick for Much Easier Chords
Here is one last tip you might try if you are really having trouble with your guitar chords. Put a capo on the first fret of your guitar.
A capo is a device that clamps the strings at different frets to change the pitch of the open strings.
The most common use of a capo is to easily change the key of a song. But in this case what using a capo will do, is lower the action of your guitar.
The action is how high the strings are off of the fretboard. By using a capo, you are temporarily lowering the action of your guitar, and therefore making all of your chords easier to play since you don't have to press down as hard.
You would then play the 2nd fret as if it was the first fret of your guitar. The capo is playing all of the notes at the first fret, so those are now your open strings. Because you are a little higher on the neck, the notes are also a little easier to reach.
If you need even more guitar chord help, you could move the capo even higher up the neck so that the frets are even closer to each other.
For more help learning guitar chords and strumming patterns, check out my Rhythm Guitar Mastery course.