On Apr 28, 2011, at 10:22 AM, Tim wrote:
I am a little slow in following the video courses but, I noticed that your G chord is different than some others, and it looks like there are a number of different ways to play the G chord. My question to you is, do I need to learn it the way you show, or if it is easier for me another way, will it be ok to learn it differently. I think I can get it the way you show but the hard part is getting my ring finger and pinky both to be there without muting the string and I can’t seem to consistently place any of my fingers where they need to be without them resting on another string. I hope that the more I practice the more I will be able to keep my fingers out of the way.
Thanks for the free course and I am going to continue to practice learning these 3 chords before I go on to course #2.
Tim, It is ok for you to learn this new more modern form of the G chord. When most modern songs from worship to country approach the G chord, it looks just like this new shape. When you are playing an older song, hymn, older country feel or some songs that call for that more traditional G chord, you will know to switch to it but for most songs in modern worship, this new G chord shape is the best and is very popular. So, just keep practicing it until it feel natural. Just remember to keep your third finger (ring finger) down when switching between the G, C, D and Em7. This is your anchor!
Make sure your hand is tilted very nicely to avoid always muting other strings accidently!
That problem is rooted in your posture of your hand.
Hope this helps!