How to Get Clear Chords For every beginner and sometimes intermediate guitarist, the biggest challenge is to make the chords sound clean and clear. Sometimes, you would experience frustration while struggling with the C and F major chord, which could act like they never worked. However, with a lot of practice and tweaks, you can get your first guitar victory. To get a good sound chord, there are several things you should pay attention to, observe, apply, and verify repeatedly.
Getting clear chords are not an overnight thing. It is also not the most difficult thing in the world, but it requires time, regular practice, and perseverance. If you implement these ten tips during practice, you will definitely get there. Practicing will be much more effective, and the results are just around the corner.
Here Are the Keys to Get Clear Guitar Chords:
1. Fold your knuckles
Be sure to bend all your knuckles (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th). Avoid straight fingers. They can make your chords sound muffled. Keep your knuckles folded except when you need to block a chord, i.e., when making bar chords.
2. Place your fingers as close as possible to the fret.
Do not put your fingers on the fret (metal wire); this causes buzzing. Not all chords allow all fingers to be placed just behind the fret. An example of this is the major chord. However, try to place them as close as possible.
3. Use the tips of your fingers on the strings
Use the tips of your fingers to press the strings to get a good clean sound. Otherwise, the strings will not sound strong. Just use your fingertips when you need to block several strings as with the F chord.
4. Press firmly on the strings
Although it may hurt a bit at first, press your fingers firmly down on the strings. Your fingers need to get used to the strings. Just press enough so you can hear the sound of the strings, but not to the point where you feel cramps. You need to find the right balance. The tips of the fingers will harden after a while and develop calluses that will make them less sensitive to pain.
5. Do not touch adjacent strings
Many times, a string is buzzing or simply goes off because another finger on that string is leaning against it, due to the straight fingers. So always watch carefully that your fingers do not touch any adjacent string.
6. Right thumb position
The thumb of your moving hand should rest vertically behind the neck of the guitar, placing it approximately between your first two fingers. Never lay your thumb horizontally or parallel to the neck. Sometimes, when it is difficult to reach one of the strings that sound lower with the tips of your fingers, you may want to try lowering your thumb a little and raising your fingers to reach a particular string. Intermediate guitarists can use their thumbs to silence the upper strings, where the thumb is tilted on the neck, but do not try this at the beginning when you are still struggling to get a good clean sound. As a beginner, you should rest your thumb behind the neck for now. That is considered the best.
7. Check the strings individually for correct positioning
Play a chord and then take the strings one by one to hear if all the fingers are correctly positioned. Check each string and adjust your finger accordingly if that particular string does not sound clean. Move on the next string, choose the string, and listen if it sounds like it should or not. Place your fingers one by one until all your fingers are properly positioned, and the whole chord sounds clean and clear.
8. Cut your nails
Keep your nails short in the hand that cares, so they do not touch the fingerboard. Check them regularly.
9. Reduce the action on your guitar.
Many guitars have a poor or high action, which makes it really difficult for you to make your chords sound right. You can make necessary adjustments to the action of your guitar at your local guitar shop. This will help to improve the comfort and playability of the guitar. It can make all the difference.
10. Daily practice
Good sound chords have to do with correct placement of fingers and muscle training memory. Daily practice with some beginner guitar songs will improve how well you handle your guitar, and your chords will improve due to repeated practice. Be patient, persistent and practice, practice, practice. That is the key to improve!