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Any Help with the "C" chord?
Friday, August 03, 2012 @12:46:50 PM
When I play the "C" chord, it sound flat and dull. My fingers seem to roll over onto the next string. I keep trying to self-correct, but it is still happening. Does anyone have any helpful hints?
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Friday, August 03, 2012 @3:30:12 PM
Might be your hand position. I'm presuming you're a beginner and beginners tend to try to strangle the neck to get chords. Won't work.
Try this: put the fleshy part of your thumb on the back of the neck of the banjo and arch your wrist over the banjo (limp wrist arch). Your fingers should be in good positon to make chords. Now, use only the tips of your fingertips and be sure to get as close to the fret as possible without touching it.
Try that for a while and see if it helps. Keeping your wrist arched will help you to not roll back on other strings.
|Jane C Says:|
Friday, August 03, 2012 @3:49:02 PM
And use a strap so you don't feel you have to support the neck.
Friday, August 03, 2012 @6:17:36 PM
Boy it's hard to offer suggestions without seeing what's going in. Careful practice is the answer, and that means slow deliberate motions until they become second nature.
You might try making partial chords, such as an E minor (C chord without the 2nd string fretted). That may help you see if the index finger on the 1st fret of the 2nd string is the problem. Also try fretting just the first 2 strings and ignoring the 4th string. Try the partial shapes separately until they sound good and then try them together.
Of course, it may turn out that you need a slightly wider neck if your fingertips are large. But careful practice will almost always help you find a solution.
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @9:02:49 AM
Thanks, I appreciate the advice!
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