I am currently trying to learn the guitar been doing it for a week now , finger tips finally start getting those callouses but , when I ma holding chords such as c and I try to stretch my fingers to A string my 1st finger starts to slide , and I cant seem to straighten it without moving it myself, and when I do its not producing the right sound ( maybe finger strength ?) but how do you get around this , exercise ? if so what kind
Firstly, keep practicing. Secondly it's about the way you grasp the neck. I've taught guitar for a while and to be honest I've noticed if the grip on the neck isn't right the chord won't come out at all and you'll get many dead notes.
- Make sure your wrist is relaxed.
- Make sure your thumb is behind the back of your hand like a bridge (but don't press too hard!)
- Make sure the tips (last bend) on your fingers are touching what are pressing down the strings on the fretboard.
- If you still don't get the right sound press a little harder but DON'T put too much pressure down on your hands so they ache afterwards!
It MAY be not your fault. The action on your guitar may be way too high. That's the height of the strings above the fingerboard.It could also be the strings are quite thick (heavy) and hard to press down.As a beginner, you may not know about these problems and their solutions.I suggest you try on other guitars, and also let an experienced player try your guitar.A simple solution for the time being would be to tune your guitar down, maybe to D-G-C-F-A-D, as this will relieve tension on the strings, making them easier to press down.