Ron Barnes Says:
Monday, October 31, 2011 @6:00:45 AM
Shelly, it looks like your ring finger might be "fouling" the third string just a tad. If you can roll your hand back toward just a bit and arch your ring finger a little more. you may be able to play the chord cleaner. Just as an exercise, try playing that "D" chord shape a little further up the neck. The frets are closer together and it may make it a little easier (or at least less frustrating) to play the chord cleanly. If you know of a good banjo player in your area, maybe they can give you some one on one posture pointers.Take care, good luck, have fun!
Monday, October 31, 2011 @10:20:10 AM
Thanks. I'll try that. I'm truly making a mess of it right now.
Ron Barnes Says:
Monday, October 31, 2011 @10:41:39 AM
Oops, I meant to say "toward you"in the eariler post. Take a look at my avatar photo and notice my left hand posture. All of my fingers have a curvature to them.That curvature remains fairly constant regardless of where I'm playing on the neck. Just remember, you are asking your left hand to do something it has never done before and your right hand to do something entirely different and hopefully with some finesse on both counts. To get that curvature try this. Turn your left hand palm down. Now imagine trying to pick up an orange with just your fingertips. keep that finger position and rotate your hand palm up and your fingers should have just about the right amount of curvature. Also relax your hand as much as possible, just enough to push the strings down. This is where that finess thing comes in. Fortunately banjo string are a lot less physically demanding that guitar or mandolin. I also play those so I can tall you first hand. You are also going to be building muscle memory, strength and stamina simultaniously. That's a pretty tall order so don't be too hard on yourself, it IS going to take a while. You just have to keep at it. Every virtuoso was once a beginner.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 @11:54:12 AM
Okay, I cut my nails. I thought they were short, but it made a huge difference. I can almost do D now. And I can fairly consistently do C. I'm so pleased! Thank you!!
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @9:59:06 AM
That's sound advice there from Ron, if I may, i found that sometimes I get a result on a tricky hand position by leaning my hand back a way, so those finger nuckles are leaning a tad toward the pegs and a bit less of a claw. Anyway that you do it and make a clean chord is the right way for you. Good luck with that.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 @10:09:14 AM
I've been moving my wrist around a ot trying to get it right, but it seemed like nothing was working. Then, when I cut my nails, it kinda fell into place. I'll have to post a new photo, but Ron is totally right. Trying to get the strength, stamina, and muscle memory is presenting some challenges. I haven't got the strongest fingers and wrists and some of the sloppy comes back as my wrist and fingers get tired.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @12:04:45 PM
The wonderful D chord. He He
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @10:36:44 AM
So, my teacher had me slide my hand around so that my thumb pokes around the other side of the neck and the neck sits in the space between my thumb and fingers and voila! I can suddenly play the chords....until I get going and forget and do this crap with my hand again. Turns out my fingers CAN reach all the strings. Lol.
Dead Wood Says:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @5:37:45 PM
If you dont mind me telling you someting well im gonna try. Please when you make your chords like in the picture keep all your fingers straight and not leaned to the side like in the picture. The one showing you makeing the four finger chord. Please keep all your fingers straight pushing the string with the very ends of your finger tips..You will see a huge difference in your chord making and changing and sound to if you do that..
Dead Wood Says:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @5:40:01 PM
Oh I forgot to tell you to relax your arm, hand, and figers when you are makeing the chords. Relax your pick fingers and pickin hand to. Totally relax your arms, hands, fingers, and then you will see a big difference in making chords, changing chords, and picking to.
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