A Few Problem you May Face While Learning Guitar Chords
Did you know that there would be some uncomfortable moments when you first learn guitar chords? One of the main problems you will face is when stretching your fingers to cover distant frets, especially if you are learning the bass guitar. This gives rise to three basic problems:
- Acute pain in the fingers arising from holding down strings with fingers stretched.
- Pain, numbness, and sometimes even blistering of the soft skin on the fingers.
- Inability to switch chords rapidly.
The problems mentioned above are universal to everyone when they practice chords for the first time. As with all problems, these too have solutions.
The pain in the fingers is because they are not used to being stretched thus. The best way of countering the pain is to exercise your fingers before your daily practice sessions. Practice stretching your fingers over the frets, playing single strings as you do this. This exercise stretches your fingers, while also enabling you to increase the speed with which you move the fingers across the frets.
The numbness and blistering of the soft skin is because of the skin rubbing against the sharp-edged strings for long periods of time. You can counter this by rubbing methyl alcohol over the skin of the fingers prior to practice.
The stiffness of the fingers and inability to change chords rapidly is because you have never done something like this ever before. A good counter for this is to learn the finger positions for each chord and practice changing chords slowly. Increase the tempo of changing chords over time. Learn to play guitar today!