This is very important to ensure clarity from all the notes coming from the 1st finger. Music general Read More. Sign up for our newsletter! This makes for a smooth string crossing with out having to lift the finger up off of the starting string. In general, the amount you bend your wrist while playing on higher strings should be very moderate. This is good but it should change depending on the difficulty of the chord. Suggestion for the website?
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You want the segment of the finger that is laying flat to be close to, and running parallel to, the fret it is supposed to be behind. Mary, I play a tenor uke, but I think my answer would probably work for the slightly larger baritone as well. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Most new students have plenty to learn just making the chords sound good; muting is an afterthought. Most people have quite a bit of trouble getting their barre chords right.
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Yeah this is interesting reading. The 3rd and 4th fingers are leaning toward their right. In order to mute the low E sting, grab over the fret board with your fretting hand and slightly touch the E string with the inside of your thumb, just enough to mute it. Elbow Let your elbows hang loosely at your sides, close to your body. The real key is that the neck be above the left elbow to allow for a good fretting hand position and to avoid over bending the wrist. Have you ever had the feeling that your playing hand tires easily? In default position, you are supporting your fingers when they are, for the most part, up on the fingertips.
Hi Mike, glad you enjoyed the lesson! This is a good starting position but it may vary depending on what notes or chords you are playing and possibly hand size. Even if grabbing over with your thumb is not an issue as long as it does not create tension in your wrist or arm, you still benefit from getting used to holding your thumb behind the guitar neck as well. Muting particular strings while strumming might work for beginners but when IMO its a bad habit. For me personally, the thumb sits opposite the spot right in between the first and second fingers on barre chords.