Still confused how to play a chord

by Trey
(D.C.)

Question

So look, I've had my electric guitar for almost a year now and learned the basics, but once I got to playing the chords part, I became really frustrated and confused because I didn't know where to place my fingers, or if I played all strings or once so because of that I stopped trying to play my guitar for. Now I've come too the conclusion that I really want to excel in playing this instrument, so can you tell me how to really play a chord?

Answer

Hi Trey, it's very simple to play a chord, let's take the A minor chord as an example,

A diagram of the A minor chord

And focus on the fretting hand:

Press the A string string at the 2nd fret with your middle finger, the G string also at the 2nd fret with the ring finger, and the B string at the 1st fret with the index finger

The fretting Hand pressing down the A minor chord

You need to strum all the strings but the one that marked with the X symbol in the top of the diagram, so you skip the low E string, and strike the A, D, G, B and high E string.

The empty inside circles that stay in the same row where the X symbol mean that the strings under them are open. (You don't push open strings with your fretting hand, but you do strum them).

You should be getting something like this:

Play a slow strum and check that each single string sounds clean, if you hear some strings buzzing, try to push those stronger with your fingertips and/or avoid your fretting fingers touching and muting the nearby strings.

Learn and master the open chords along with some strumming or fingerstyle patterns and you will be able to play a lot of songs much sooner than in one year ;)

GOOD LUCK!

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