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  • Posted by Kent_B on February 16, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I’m in the 2nd week of the 30 day challenge and I can’t see to do any of the cords. I’m either on 2 strings at the same time or not holding a couple of strings tight enough with my ring & little finger. Any suggestions?

    N-lightMike replied 2 years, 1 month ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Loraine

    Member
    February 16, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Hi @Noncenx and welcome to the TAC community!

    The chords can be difficult in the beginning. What I always tell others is make sure you are arching your fingers enough and playing on the tips of your fingers. To get more arch, move your palm down towards the floor. It creates a natural arch in the fretting fingers. Also, pay attention to where your thumb is placed on the back of the neck. Keep it aligned with the chords you’re playing. Also, only worry about the strings you should be playing. For instance, the low E isn’t played at all on the C chord, so it’s okay to let your ring finger overlap the A-String and deaden the low E. This creates more room for the D string being fretted.

    It just takes a lot of practice. Don’t get hung up on the lesson. Move forward, while incorporating practice of the chords daily.

  • Kent_B

    Member
    February 17, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Am I missing something? Listen to the videos where the cord is described and Tony is talking about doing en exercise, then the video ends. Where is the exercise? It implies there’s more than the 3 min video but I’m not seeing it.

    • tailsawaggin

      Member
      February 18, 2022 at 4:55 pm

      Site navigation can be a little weird here. When you first arrive at the lesson, the “Learn” text is black, and next to it, “Play” is in gray. Click on play, and that takes you to the exercise video, and just below the video’s lower right corner, there’s a small image that says “TAB” with the text running vertically. Clicking that will open the tab for the lesson. Those, and a stiff drink, should be all the things it takes to get through it. 😉

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    February 19, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Hello @Noncenx and welcome to TAC. It sounds like you haven’t taken the course “TAC Quick Start“. Tony explains how the site and the program work. After you have completed the “30 Days to Play Challenge”, you will want to take the “5 Day Guitar Routine Challenge” course. In that course, Tony will explain how to use the videos and the daily challenges to continue having fun and seeing steady improvement in your guitar skills.

    Ok, regarding you chords, the first thing is to recognize it will take time. You can have fun anyway if you approach this like a child would. They are full of wonder and don’t have expectations. Rejoice at what you can do. Use what you can’t do to direct your practice. You will spend a few minutes each day working on the things that are challenging to you. But then move on.

    Two of the “Skill Courses” that can help you with your chords are the “Fretting Hand Toolbox” and the “Daily Stretch for Guitar” courses.

    What I can tell you is that it takes time. Start with one chord at a time. Experiment with the position of your fingers, wrist, elbow and even the position of your guitar until you can get one chord to sound clean. You can also use partial chord shapes at first. If holding all 3 fingers for the C chord is just too difficult, start with the ring and middle fingers holding the A string and the D string and play a C major 7 chord. As time goes on, you will eventually be able to play a regular, 3 finger, C chord.

    I hope this helps.

    MG 😀

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