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Problems with the A major chord

Post by kentaku_sama on Sat May 16, 2009 2:03 am

I just started playing guitar 4 days ago, it's and acoustic Takamine guitar. May'be I'll just get it with practice but when ever I play a chord that is smashed like a major the high E string is muted or buzzy.
Either I press the B string enough and the E sounds muddy
or I release some tension on the B string and the E is clear but now the B is muted. I have very skinny long fingers so that's not the problem, is this just a beginner thing, will it come clean with practice? I would like to be sure.
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Post by wolftone on Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:49 am

Hi

I had the same issue with the A major chord, if you are referring to the 3 fingered, 2nd fret open A. I found that I didn't have my fingers straight enough when I depressed the strings. Also having medium gauge strings instead of Heavy gauge string works better when you are learning.

Hope this helps
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Re: Problems with the A major chord

Post by theWarden on Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:09 am

Like wolftone said, its really dependent on what type of strings you're using

I started out on an electric guitar and it hurt so much to build the callous that I bought an acoustic instead.. I would suggest checking out your local store and have them show you some nylon strings, those are easy on your fingers and sound great... but they're flimsy and snap if you aren't careful

It also sounds like maybe you'll just need a bit more practice, as its only been 4 days

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Re: Problems with the A major chord

Post by TheCat on Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:15 pm

It should clean up with practice. Meanwhile, try to apply a minimal amount of pressure, just enough to play the note without buzzing. Also, pay attention to your fingers, see why the note is muted, try to make minimal adjustments to correct that. Practice makes better! Wink

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Re: Problems with the A major chord

Post by Lanxil on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:09 pm

TheCat wrote:It should clean up with practice.

Yes I think that should help or you could do some exercises to strenghten the "flexor carpi ulnaris" (I hope it is really that muscle xP) together with practise (strenghtening your finger tips) you should be able to play all of them clear
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Re: Problems with the A major chord

Post by marty on Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:00 am

Yes it gets better with tons of practice, make sure the finger nails are really cut short as the slightest protrution of nail will burr /muffle etc the string , also dont play too close to the fret as this makes for some irratating sounds and lastly dont try to hold the sring down too hard as it hurts and takes the pleasure out of playing away

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