Question about guitars...

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  1. rmc08

    rmc08 Well-Known Member

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    When I play the guitar, the fingers on my left hand that play chords always intercept with other strings, and its impossible for me to play. How do I avoid that?
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    1. Keep fingers more pointed towards the guitar instead of lying on it.

    2. Get a bigger guitar.

    You just have to adjust to it.
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    rmc08 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I'll have to try that

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    It may seem difficult or awkward at first.

    Just keep goin' at it and you'll get the hang of it.

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    Playing cleaner is a result of practice. Perfect technique does not come overnight. Try to concentrate on making your fingers come down so they form a T with the fingerboard. In other words, aim for this: _|_ (where the underscores are the fingerboard and the pipe is your finger). As you get more and more used to playing the chord shapes, your fingers will start to go where they need to go with little to no thought. The key is to build up muscle memory.

    Another thing to remember is that you only need to use your fingertips to play the guitar. Use just enough pressure to press the string to the fret. Applying more pressure will cause the sounded note to become sharp. Try it and see. Aside from letting the tone ring true, using the fingertips will cause you to place less of your finger pad on the fingerboard, reducing the mess of accidental mutes/presses.


    The suggestion to get a bigger guitar is a bad one. People finger instruments with much smaller necks just fine (mandolin, violin, etc).
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    If you push your arm out to the left its slightly more easier to not slump your fingers.
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    This may not pertain to the question, but a tip is to keep your thumb under the fret board at all times. Practice that, and it will be easier to play.
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    get a bigger guitar
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    Excellent advice, when I started out playing guitar I was told this, it took a while, but eventually I was able to play chords with ease. This of course leads to being able to play notes with ease, and before you know it, you'll be shredding like a pro!
    Stick to this advice, and you can't go wrong

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    Matt_Maggots Banned

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    Old saying, but practice makes perfect. I used to practice about 3-6 hours a day, but school is starting so I can't play as long. Still, all you have to do is practice 1-2 hours a day and that should do good, I just like playing so much. I've been playing since I was little to tell the truth.

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