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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #175 on: December 16, 2018, 09:36:19 pm »
Your fingertips are still soft so will get dents in them when playing.
Keep at it your fingers will get calluses. 
Another thing that will help is having your guitar set up properly.
Are you playing an electric or acoustic?

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #176 on: December 17, 2018, 08:56:13 am »
Is not pressing the high e hard enough a common thing? I can play it properly at times but, after a bit of pressing down my finger starts to indent and hurt then it starts to sounds like a buzz until I can press it the right way.
This is only my second day practicing.
Short answer, yes. Until your fingers toughen up that high E string will feel like razor wire.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #177 on: December 19, 2018, 01:18:39 am »
Your fingertips are still soft so will get dents in them when playing.
Keep at it your fingers will get calluses. 
Another thing that will help is having your guitar set up properly.
Are you playing an electric or acoustic?

It's an electric guitar. It hasn't been setup when I bought it. Though, it says it has been by the shot sometime around July.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #178 on: December 27, 2018, 09:57:55 am »
Hello,
I am far beyond stage 1 and found out that I maybe got myself into a bad habit because I tend to play D like this

https://imgur.com/a/UDSZBom

I guess I got into this because it allowed me to get finger 1 closer to the fret and required less power in finger 1 at the beginning. Now in stage 4 I think I am struggeling because it is to slow to get out of it and into the next chord.
What should I do?

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #179 on: December 27, 2018, 10:07:07 am »
Chris

Refer to my response to your App v Website post. You're fingering looks ok to me unless I'm missing something. As often said practice make permanent, so at Stage 4 its not too late to correct any bad habits you may have developed and it will pay dividends in the future.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #180 on: December 27, 2018, 10:19:39 am »
Chris, I agree with Toby ie D fingering looks standard. How are you going with One Minute Changes? If changes involving D are slow then concentrate OMC drills like C-D, G-D. Relax, persevere and changes will become more fluent then increase in speed over time. Speaking of time, as a matter of interest, how long since you started up?

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #181 on: December 27, 2018, 11:57:20 am »
Hi Toby and David,
so you don't think my finger 1 and 2 should be curved like in Justins videos and it is ok that they are straight? I'm on at least 30 on every one minute change and on over 40 on most of them. D is not so special on one minute changes but I have problems on songs where there is an upstrum on the last count and I have to change away from D to some other chord in time for the next downstrum on 1.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #182 on: December 27, 2018, 01:46:04 pm »
Hi Toby and David,
so you don't think my finger 1 and 2 should be curved like in Justins videos and it is ok that they are straight? I'm on at least 30 on every one minute change and on over 40 on most of them. D is not so special on one minute changes but I have problems on songs where there is an upstrum on the last count and I have to change away from D to some other chord in time for the next downstrum on 1.

Chris, if I use Justin's learning structure as a guide then stage 3 is when an upstrum is added and it is on beat 3.  A second pattern with upstrums is introduced in stage 4, which adds up strums on the & in beat 3 and 4.  So in theory by the time you start having to deal with an upstrum as you are changing chords you would have done a little more practice, more changes, some new chords.

The other thing is that in that lesson I am sure Justin points out that often the up strum on the & of beat 4 catches open strings as the change to the next chord is already in progress.  This may sound odd when playing at a low tempo but once the tempo picks up you won't notice it at all.

So I wouldn't worry too much at this stage.  All sounds quite reasonable.  While you are working on those new chords in stage 4 I suggest you continue to work on learning songs from stages 1-3, getting it smooth at low tempos and working up speed.  And as you do this you'll inevitably get faster, build those OMC counts up towards 60 when changing between chords from the first 3 stages.  And the feel for making changes with an upstrum on the & of beat 4 will come.  It's hard to explain ... keep plugging away and in due course what feels mechanical and stiff will suddenly start to sound fluent and relaxed.

Maybe also post some videos of you playing (can't recall seeing posts from you) ... you'll get feedback and encouragement that way.  Invaluable IMHO

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #183 on: December 30, 2018, 11:07:56 am »
Chris, if I use Justin's learning structure as a guide then stage 3 is when an upstrum is added and it is on beat 3.  A second pattern with upstrums is introduced in stage 4, which adds up strums on the & in beat 3 and 4.  So in theory by the time you start having to deal with an upstrum as you are changing chords you would have done a little more practice, more changes, some new chords.

The other thing is that in that lesson I am sure Justin points out that often the up strum on the & of beat 4 catches open strings as the change to the next chord is already in progress.  This may sound odd when playing at a low tempo but once the tempo picks up you won't notice it at all.

I am in fact at the end of stage 4 now but my problem mostly happens when I have to change from D to another chord so I put it here because I wondered if my hand position on D is wrong. The open upstrum didn't go into my brain right now and as you wrote, it is odd when you practise it slowly (and you shouldn't do that I think). I'll try to train D to anything for a while and hope it gets better.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #184 on: December 30, 2018, 01:01:22 pm »
I am in fact at the end of stage 4 now but my problem mostly happens when I have to change from D to another chord so I put it here because I wondered if my hand position on D is wrong. The open upstrum didn't go into my brain right now and as you wrote, it is odd when you practise it slowly (and you shouldn't do that I think). I'll try to train D to anything for a while and hope it gets better.

I'm sure it will Chris.  Just keep working those OMCs with a D and it will get better.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #185 on: January 29, 2019, 06:32:15 pm »
I'm having a really hard time with my fretting fingers touching the other strings.  I know this is common, but I seem to be having more trouble than most.  My brother-in-law is a long time guitar player, and when he handled my guitar he told me that he's not surprised because the neck is unusually narrow.

I got this guitar for free from a friend about 10 years ago.  It's a Fender Squire electric.  I have relatively large hands and fingers...  should I look into getting a new guitar, or would replacing the nut with a wider one be a realistic option?  It does look like the nut could be spaced a bit wider without causing issues, though the neck is pretty darn narrow, so the gains would not be much.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #186 on: February 04, 2019, 12:59:10 pm »
The best thing to do is probably to go to a guitar shop and try a few other guitars to see how they feel and if you run into the same problem.
If you only have this issue with your guitar you could ask the guitar tech to check if there is anything wrong with it.
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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #187 on: March 12, 2019, 09:46:21 am »
Is there any reason why I shouldn't play an open D chord by barring the first to third strings then playing the second string with my second finger? It has always seemed a viable option for the larger fingered man.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #188 on: March 12, 2019, 10:34:04 am »
Strictly speaking no reason not to do it like that (it'll sound the same) however probably easier to learn that shape at this point as it helps with other chords later on. It feels like a real pain when you start but soon gets easier after a few weeks.
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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #189 on: March 12, 2019, 03:30:16 pm »
Is there any reason why I shouldn't play an open D chord by barring the first to third strings then playing the second string with my second finger? It has always seemed a viable option for the larger fingered man.

Yes there is. You won't  be able to play a Dsus2 one of the most used embellishments
used with the open D.
On the other hand it makes it easier to play D/F# with the F# on the D string.
Eventually you'll use both methods but the 3 finger D is more important when you're
starting out.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #190 on: March 12, 2019, 08:36:08 pm »
Don't take that short cut as you'll lose out.
As already mentioned above … plus playing a D/F# with the F# on the low E string will be super difficult too.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #191 on: March 28, 2019, 01:13:25 pm »
Lesson Link: http://justinguitar.com/en/BC-111-D-chord.php

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Hi Justin and the community!

Thank you, Justin, for all your great work on the site. I am a guitar rookie and I bought an electronic guitar a few days ago and received it yesterday. It's a Fazley E100 SB. I am currently at this section of your beginners course: D chord.

I am picking up fine, and I think I have the right group, but when I play the D chord, it sounds off... I have tuned my guitar with an electronic tuning device which gave green light on all strings, but it sounds weird nonetheless.

I made a video where you can hear it: https://youtu.be/AsFBAUfu2Uc

I also tried the following chord course, the A chord, and that one sounds fine.

I am hoping you or one of the community can help me out.

Kind regards,

D

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #192 on: March 28, 2019, 01:16:13 pm »
*group = grip

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #193 on: March 28, 2019, 02:14:33 pm »
Hmmmm I just retried tuning again and now I noticed my tuner displays the wrong notes.... (E is shown as D for example). Googling around I see more people with the same issue. I am currently calling the shop where I bought everything, see if they an help.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #194 on: March 28, 2019, 03:01:03 pm »
DaafdeRaaf,

We can't see your video because you're too new to the forum to post links yet.

The tuner can only tell you what note the string is playing. It doesn't know what note you want it to be.  My guess would be that the guitar was quite out of tune and you didn't realize it. So you got the notes to green, but they're the wrong notes in some cases.

From the thickest string to the thinnest, the notes should be EADGBE. Hope that helps!

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #195 on: March 28, 2019, 05:24:23 pm »
Yup, that was the issue! I fixed it now. Haha I got sweaty hands turning the strings tighter, afraid one would break. By now I know better. Learned a lot today which is great!

I made another video. The link is: https://youtu.be/RItpqzr7KRs which I hope you can see now or maybe another user can turn it into a direct video inside a post.

Thanks again for your reply.

Kind regards,

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #196 on: March 28, 2019, 05:26:03 pm »

https://youtu.be/RItpqzr7KRs. Testing this now.
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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #197 on: March 28, 2019, 05:46:27 pm »
Your G string is still out of tune.
If your tuner says it in tone you may be pressing to hard and putting it out.
A big rookie mistake is to press way to hard on the strings.
You only need enough pressure to make the note ring out.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #198 on: March 28, 2019, 06:34:01 pm »
Music is the best you can give yourself.
Amen!  ;D

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #199 on: March 28, 2019, 06:55:17 pm »
Amen!  ;D

Just reread what I wrote and see I left out the word gift.
It was supposed to say
Music is the best gift you can give yourself  :)

 

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