§ Playing guitar: being okay with incorrect chords
- I find it very hard to switch chords, since I feel "afraid" of playing the wrong chord.
- I feel like this manifests in different ways: I am relunctant to write documents which I fear maybe incorrect, and yet would be valuable to write up. I feel relunctant to compete in competitions for fear of not knowing the "right answer".
- Regardless, it's very interesting how when playing the guitar, people (and you) literally don't notice!
- As long as you keep the rhythm up, it "sounds fine".
- So, if there's a hard chord change to be done, stagger it! play two beats with all strings open. Then hold down a single finger for a beat. Then another finger for the next beat. And so on, till perhaps at the final beat, we make the "complete/correct" chord.
- It's interesting, since it adds a sort of design challenge: what is the best sequence of strings to play to "musically" approach a given chord starting from open strings? Different choices of fingers have surprisingly different sounds!
- It's also very relieving to be able to simply.. play, experiment with leaving strings one-by-one, pressing strings one by one, without worrying about getting it right, as long as I allow the rhythm-beat to march forward :)
- This lends itself particularly well to the style where we mute the guitar every even beat (1 MUTE 2 MUTE) to create a percurssive effect. It allows one to hear the chord being "layered" up, finger by finger.
- It also mutes the "open string" sound by the time we get the first finger on, so it helps create
- TL;DR: strumming hand >>> chord hand . Focus on the strumming! It's okay to screw up on chords