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Guitar Playing Tip – Getting Your Chords To Sound Better

July 5th, 2011 by Jeff Vivrette

– Guitar Playing Tip – Getting Your Chords To Sound Better –

Many people, especially beginners, have issues with getting some chords to sound good. For example, you may find that you’re having an issue with unintentionally muting strings with your finger.

Well, don’t beat yourself up over this because it is very common and can be addressed fairly easy.

A very common cause of this issue is that one, or more, of your fingers on your fretting hand are lying on a string that it is not supposed to be touching. It only takes a little bit of contact for the finger to mute the string. In fact, it may even be difficult to see where the finger is actually touching the string.
Most of the time this can be resolved by using a very simple technique.

Placing your thumb on the back of the neck.

By placing your thumb on the back of the neck, you force the hand to open up and cause the fingers to curl around and come straight down onto the string. This allows the finger tip to contact the string you want without having the rest of the finger touching and muting the other strings.

There can be other issues causing this problem but the one I have outlined here is very typical.

If you’re having problems with muted strings when playing chords, give this a try!

If you have any questions on this, send me an email and I’ll offer you some personal advice based on your specific situation.

If you’re not a student with me yet and are consider starting lessons, contact me right away so I can help you resolve all of the headaches you’re experiencing with trying to learn or improve on your guitar.

Until next time, take care and don’t let anything keep your from your dreams!

Have fun!

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