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Im really stuck

Postby Jade2 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:24 am

hi everyone i just got my guitar today and i tried to play every chord but they always sound wrong does anybody know what i am doing wrong and how do i fix it? :?
if it helps its a sort of stiff sounding sound and could i be holding the string to hard?
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby Jade2 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:19 am

i am really sorry i accidently changed it to a global announcement
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby StoneDog » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:19 pm

Number 1 > The guitar must be in tune. If ya think ya gots it in tune>> play multiple chords >> they should sound easy to the ear. > They should sound SWEET > Then >>> play two or three of the chords you feel sound SWEET!!! > Make up a song. > The guitar must be in tune.
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby TastyChicken » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:38 am

if you just got it today, i would imagine you just dont have the strength you need to get each note to ring out evenly. Try making the shape with your hand, and then play each note individually. They should all sound clear and even. If you are doing this and it still doesn't sound right, it is likely as Stone said and you are out of tune. hope this helps :]
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby guitarman1319 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:49 pm

Make sure you're fingering the notes just behind the fret. If it's not a very good guitar, it may not be set up properly and you could get a buzzing noise. If it sounds "stiff" its probably just you either not fingering the notes just behind the fret, or you're not pushing the strings hard enough down towards the fretboard
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby ChicagoDave » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:45 am

I see this is an older post, but I'm replying anyway.

If this is your first guitar, then....everything is probably going to sound "wrong" for a while. I picked up my first guitar just last summer. It was frustrating at first. But, I had a lot of time & determination....

Making sure it's in tune is of first importance! You should be able to strum all strings 'open' (no fingers on fretboard) and have it sound like a chord.
After that, once you have fingers on frets in the shape of the chord, pick each string one at a time to make sure it's properly fretted — it should ring out clear & clean and not sound muffled or dead. Be sure to use the tips of fingers & be sure to only touch the string your fretting. If each string sounds good individually, then when you strum the entire chord (assuming guitar is in tune) the chord should sound "right" too.

I'd suggest getting a teacher, friend whom plays, or watch a few videos online to learn the right way to hold the guitar and your body/arm/hand/etc from the beginning. Otherwise you may develop some bad habits which might be difficult to break later...and could hinder further progress. (*I found things really progressed faster for me after I started using guitar strap and standing instead of sitting with guitar in my lap. Turned out I was using my left hand to hold the guitar up too much & it was messing up my fingering/fretting ability.)

Just stay at it, use good from & technique, let your calluses build up, lots of repetition, start slowly and correct (instead of fast & sloppy), lots of repetition, and things will come along quicker than you know. And, oh yeah....did I mention to include lots of repetition in your practice? ;)

Good luck!
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby brebre » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:12 pm

i think you should learn things about your guitar expiriment have fun.and when you note comes out fuzzy put your finger close to the fret and that sould fix your fuzz prob :D
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby RLM » Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:10 pm

Thanks for the recommendations ChicagoDave- will get a strap to hold the guitar - I kind of lazily hold the guitar and think I'm developing bad habits. I think also the OP might be not cleanly fingering the strings right behind the fret as well as probably pushing up against other strings when they should be open. It takes practice - and the fingers get stronger from what the DVDs are telling me.
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby Daniel Eugene » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:48 pm

If you are not sounding sweet by now, you could try having a tech perform a set-up on your guitar. Oftentimes, guitars out of the box are set-up at the factory, but in shipping the guitar can sometimes change, mostly due to weather. Experiment with a lighter string gauge, also- but have a tech look at the set-up of your guitar.
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby PFLansing » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:12 pm

NUTS! The above post is what I was going to tell you. I got my new guitar and it hurt to play it, the tech looked at it and said the strings are too high, adjused the neck to the right setting and BAM! I sound pretty good now! Always have a tech check out a new or used guitar makes a world of difference
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Re: Im really stuck

Postby terrywhite1@live.com » Fri May 01, 2015 10:42 pm

He is 100 percent right... Any guitar you order needs to be set up or at the very least checked by a reliable guitar tech. You would be amazed just how much better any guitar will play after a few minor adjustments. And as he said many thing play into it possibly reaching you out of spec, humidity, heat, or cold, all of these things cause changes in your guitar that you may not be able to see but can be felt and heard.

Also most guitars can be set up a bit better than whatever factory spec was. I totally agree find a technician that you can get to know and trust and let them have a look at it. That alone could make all the difference in the world...

God luck..


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Re: Im really stuck

Postby JNagarya » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:29 pm

First things first:

The major manufacturers, such as Gibson and Epiphone, and Fender, "set up" their guitars at the factory according to their own sepcifications ("specs"). "Setting up" essentially adjusts the height of the strings above the fretboard -- the "action".

That is okay for what it is, but the set up of a guitar is properly individual. Someone else may find the factory set up of your guitar perfect -- but you may be more comfortable (and productive) with a lower action.

A set up of a quality guitar doesn't usually involve much more than adjusting the string height, and the intonation (string length). But that can make all the difference.

Next, practice, practice, practice -- but tune up first.
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