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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #210 on: August 23, 2019, 02:29:15 am »
You stated in your first post you'd like to play fingerstyle.
You will nee your pinky to play sus chords and to do hammer ons and pull offs
to play melodies when playing fingerstyle.

Make sure you're not muting the string with the meaty part of your finger.
Make sure you're using the tip of your finger.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #211 on: August 23, 2019, 04:42:52 am »
Thanks - that's helpful to know.

I've tried contorting my hand and can't seem to not mute the high E with my ring finger. I'm trying to use my tip, but it's still spreading out. I'll keep at it.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #212 on: August 23, 2019, 04:53:11 am »
You may have to develop calises so your finger tip doesn't flatten out.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #213 on: August 23, 2019, 08:35:03 am »
Hi Sapna.
You really do, 100%, need to learn to play the D chord in the standard fingering.
For chord changes later down the line.
For playing additional embellishments around the D chord as stitch mentions ... Dsus4 etc.
You want your fingers to be standing slightly upright rather than laying flat.
It seems silly but I say to beginners make your fingers touch the neck like an alert or startled spider - standing up. Not like a hiding spider, pressed flat, laying down against a wall.
And callouses will help when your finger ends harden more they will splay out less and so interfere with adjacent strings less.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #214 on: August 23, 2019, 04:08:36 pm »
Sapna,

You might also double check your middle finger positioning. It might be that while you're focused on your ring finger your middle finger is rolling over or sliding up to be on top of the fret rather than just behind it. This can sound like muting too.

If you have the opportunity, a picture can be helpful in this kind of situation so folks here can see your hand position and give more specific feedback.

Keep at it. You will get there.

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