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post #1 of 15 Old 09-14-2011, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else play guitar?

If so, do you have any suggestions on hitting the F-chord? LOL. I am just learning and that is one chord that I cannot seem to get correct. I can get the top 5 strings okay with a bit of work, but I cannot seem to get the high E string pressed hard enough onto the fret to sound. If I really mash to get that one pressed down, then I lose all the others to interference from my middle and ring finger.

Is that one of those things that I just keep working and it will come on it's own eventually or is there some trick that I haven't learned yet?

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It took me quite a while to be able to bar those correctly. All I can say is PRACTICE. It takes a LOT of coordination to play chords like that, and quite a bit of hand strength. Try stretching your fingers beforehand, and when you aren't busy- practice moving all of your fingers to one side- one at a time, then two at a time. It really helps to have flexible fingers in instances like this.

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Thank you for the suggestion . I play acoustic...well, sort-of. I just started a couple of days ago LOL.

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if you're already up to the F chord and have been playing for only a few days, I'd say you're doing great! Took me about a month to fully master that particular little devil.

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LOL, I think it helps that I am not completely new to music and guitars. My Dad plays and I grew up watching him, he's also helping me learn but he plays barre chords and I certainly don't have the hand strength for those LOL.

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Yes I do! Acoustic and electric although I started off playing just electric. It has taken a bit of a backseat at the moment as I have been having back problems but I want to start playing again when I have nothing to do at Uni :)
I have been playing about 6 years now.

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If you are playing F as a bar cord, change to an open cord and play open cords if you can. From open cords it is easer to use he 7th as a passing cord turning the three cord song into 5 cords.
Play open cord C to C7 to F and running down from G to G7 to C.
Open cords in my opinion give a bigger variation In the strum or picking. Enjoy the guitar. The fingers get sore, the hand cramps, then the foot starts to thump with the beat. It takes a while to learn.

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LOL, thank you Stan. No, I'm not trying to play barre chords, I don't have the strength or finger length for those, I just can't seem to get all the strings down for the F just yet. I'm sure I'll get there though, I just get impatient.

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The F is one of the harder chords to educate your hand and fingers to play.

Just keep practicing and you'll get it!

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Smrobs try this little exercise C to C7 to F and as you go to the F roll your wrist a little that may enable you to change the angle of the index finger on the bottom two strings I asume that is where the problem is. Get a song you like and just play it it will come in time. And what is the music genre' you are playing and please don't say heavy rock.

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