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RunningBare  
12 Oct 2007 20:33 | Quote
Posts: 1
Hi to everyone, at the age of 46 I've decided to learn to play an acoustic guitar, it is something I picked up cheap, did a bit of repair work on it and replaced the strings.

Any tips on fret excersize?, my fingers especially do not like chord F!
mattmurray  
13 Oct 2007 03:31 | Quote
Joined: 18 Sep 2007
United States
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as far as getting better at fretting chords the best practice as far as I can see is just playing chords, and just keep practicing fretting them over and over... you'll be able to fret them with ease in time

for finger control it sure doesn't hurt to practice the hell out of your scales, pentatonic, blues, natural minor and major scales are probably the most common ones

i can't think of any chords my fingers liked at the beginning...especially barred ones like F, and depending on how much you play, your finger tips might end up hurting like a bitch, that's natural, you'll develop calouses pretty quick....

i hope some of this helps, good luck!
REDSTRAT  
25 Oct 2007 05:22 | Quote
Joined: 25 Oct 2007
United States
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IF YOURE PLAYING THE 4 STRING F BARR.1 AND2 BARRED THAT WAS TUFF AT FIRST.PRACTICE
GuitardedDaV  
15 Nov 2009 02:24 | Quote
Joined: 15 Nov 2009
United States
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Just mess around with your guitar while you're watching TV and stuff. The biggest thing you're looking for is building the finger strength and muscle memory.

I'll bet just about anyone would tell you that when they started playing guitar that F was a Major pain in the ass. I know it was for me as well, anyway.

But yeah, just kind of mess with it and mess with it. Pound it out as much as you can shortly before you go to bed and you'll wake up finding it easier than you did 8 hours before. It's amazing how that works.
sslug  
15 Nov 2009 08:10 | Quote
Joined: 27 Jul 2009
United Kingdom
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I hated chords at the start.... my fingers just didnt work... but after a little time of playing each night, it came slowly...

so my advice is keep with it, everyday... and when you turn corner and you can do what you practiced... enjoy the rewards...
deefa  
16 Nov 2009 06:36 | Quote
Joined: 22 Dec 2007
United Kingdom
Karma: 8
Hi Runningbare (great handle, are you an indigenous North American tribesman or just someone who likes to get naked?). Welcome to the site.
a) You can help harden your finger tips by dabbling them in meths or surgical spirit for a few mins each day.
B)don't worry too much about the F chord at first. Concentrate on something easier like E, A, D and G. You only need your first 3 fingers for those chords and you can knock out loads of tunes that will help to maintain your interest over the first crucial couple of months.

Happy strumming!
Phip  
16 Nov 2009 06:49 | Quote
Joined: 23 Dec 2007
United States
Lessons: 1
Karma: 45
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Wow this post originated 2 years ago.
So...........let's have an update.
@RunningBare If you are still out there how are you doing? Tell us all how you have progressed. Would like to know. Hope you didn't give up.
Phip
deefa  
16 Nov 2009 09:21 | Quote
Joined: 22 Dec 2007
United Kingdom
Karma: 8
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