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Guitar Power chord fixes

Luke Glendinning

Garage band Groupie
Aug 18, 2020
15
30
What’s up everyone! I’ve been playing on and off for about years. It’s something that I’ve never really taken super seriously until now; trying to refine my technique because im self taught and have lots of bad habits. Can someone give tips on cleaner power chords? I tend to do octaves with 1 and 3 which I know is awkward as hell as it is. If you could also give tips to strengthen the pinky that would be helpful! I attached a song today that I learned fairly quickly so it’s not super clean but I’d really appreciate the help as im trying to improve!

Not sure how to upload the actual full video but here is a link: TIA!
 

OskarF

New Student
Nov 11, 2019
32
27
For chords in general i think it's very important to take a look at how you're aligning your wrist (closer or further from your body) as well as where you are placing your thumb on the neck because that will affect how much force you need to push the strings down. So try to be very aware of any tension building up in your hand and arm, and then adjust your technique in a way that relieves some tension.
 
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Luke Glendinning

Garage band Groupie
Aug 18, 2020
15
30
For chords in general i think it's very important to take a look at how you're aligning your wrist (closer or further from your body) as well as where you are placing your thumb on the neck because that will affect how much force you need to push the strings down. So try to be very aware of any tension building up in your hand and arm, and then adjust your technique in a way that relieves some tension.
Sorry I didn't see this until a month later, but YES you're bang on. My guitar teacher pointed this out to me in our first session and it has changed comfortability, when to use 1and3 and 1and4, and relaxed my playing a TON. thanks!
 
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OskarF

New Student
Nov 11, 2019
32
27
Sorry I didn't see this until a month later, but YES you're bang on. My guitar teacher pointed this out to me in our first session and it has changed comfortability, when to use 1and3 and 1and4, and relaxed my playing a TON. thanks!
Great to hear you're making progress :D I think practicing all kinds of chords is great that way because you really are forced to start being aware of tension. Learning to be more relaxed is also something that will apply to your technique in general.