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        09-14-2011, 04:52 PM
    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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        09-14-2011, 04:56 PM
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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.

    Do you play acoustic or electric?
        09-14-2011, 04:59 PM
    Thank you for the suggestion . I play acoustic...well, sort-of. I just started a couple of days ago LOL.
        09-14-2011, 05:02 PM
    Teen Forum Moderator
    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.
        09-14-2011, 05:05 PM
    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.
        09-15-2011, 05:04 AM
    Green Broke
    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.
        09-15-2011, 05:30 AM
    Green Broke
    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.
        09-15-2011, 04:25 PM
    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.
        09-15-2011, 04:40 PM
    The F is one of the harder chords to educate your hand and fingers to play.

    Just keep practicing and you'll get it!
        09-15-2011, 11:34 PM
    Green Broke
    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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