How to Fix a Guitar Chord

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How you will fix a guitar chord depends entirely on exactly what is wrong with it. Fix a guitar chord with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica Delfino. I'm a musician and performer in New York City and I also teach guitar and ukulele. You can find out more about that at YouRockNYC.com. Today, we're going to talk about how to fix a guitar chord. So basically what that means is you're trying to play your chords and for some reason they're coming out a little muffled or weird sounding, you're not exactly sure why. We're going to go through a couple chords and do a little bit of troubleshooting. So let's start out with a nice A chord, OK. Here we go, going to play an A and it sounds kind of muffled and kind of light and we're not sure why that is. Well it's usually because of two things. If you're not pushing hard enough on the strings or your fingers are touching other strings. So even if you're pushing really hard but your fingers are touching other strings, you'll get ringing and buzzing and stuff like that and muting. So what you want to do is really treat each string very particularly. Pay very special attention to each string. What I like to do is I use the tips of my fingers and as you can see, they're actual lines in my finger tips where I'm pushing and it kind of comes in a little bit of an angle here right on the tip of my finger. So I've got my pointer on my D string and my middle on my G and my ring on my B string. I push down nice and hard and I get a perfect ringing A chord. So again if you're not pushing hard enough, you're going to get that muted kind of soggy sound and nobody likes a soggy A chord. So definitely try to push on that nice and hard, let it ring, make sure your fingers are where they should be and all of your chords will sound perfect. That's a promise. Thank you very much, lots of luck to you, thanks for watching.

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