34 Carn Glas Way, Gracedieu, Waterford. 0874164915 info@strummingalong.ie

FAQs about playing music

music lessons in Waterford

Targeting root notes

November 23, 2017

Targeting root notes This is a technique that a lot of beginners struggle with. For example you’re playing a D chord but the chord diagram has an ‘X’ over the 5th and 6th strings meaning that you are not to play those strings. The root note of the chord then is on the first string you can play, in this case the open 4th string. The problem is that when you strum the chord you hit all six strings and this makes your D chord sound, well…not too good. So you need to work on avoiding those ‘X’ strings and start targeting the correct starting point for your chord.  I’m afraid I don’t have any quick fix for targeting the root notes, it really is down to practice. The thing to remember about practice is that it needs to be focused, so when trying to improve on a certain technique I would suggest doing it at the start of your practice session when you will be more alert. Try not looking at your right hand and start strumming the chord listening for which string you are hitting until you can hear that you’ve connected with the right string. By doing this you are trying to train your hand to remember the distance that it needs to travel to reach each string. Don’t be worried if you hit the wrong string at the beginning, practice is cumulative and it will improve if you work on it a little bit each day (or even better every time you pick up your guitar). After trying that experiment play the same chord but this time looking at your hand, making sure that each time you play the chord that you’re playing it correctly. Alternate between these two methods to train your hand so that over time you will be able to target whatever string you want without looking at your strumming hand. Check out these previous blog posts about practice and tips for practice

Posted in: FAQs, Guitar