Well you have to use your third and fourth Finger when you do those 3 notes Power chords (sorry, theory noob myself)I've always used my fist and fourth fingers for power chords. Switching to the first and third is a stretch for me and cramps lol. Is there a downside to using the fourth instead of the third?
Honestly, I've been using first and third finger for years but when I wanted to learn the intro of Layla I had to switch to first and fourth because that made playing it that much easier. I think it solely depends on the situation, for example In Layla using your fourth finger instead of the third makes it just a little bit easier to play but if you want to use your third finger it works just the sameI've always used my fist and fourth fingers for power chords. Switching to the first and third is a stretch for me and cramps lol. Is there a downside to using the fourth instead of the third?
I'll give that a try it might be positioning. Thanks!@David Deatherage like everyone else said it's a comfort based decision so whatever works works. Using the 3rd simply opens up the 4th to add shit in as you go. But as far as cramping goes, make sure you're stretching, have proper hand/wrist position, and the tension on your guitar is balanced. I had the same issue and thought I was just a weak bitch...but my teacher adjusted the tension rod and it's been so light ever since that I haven't cramped up yet.
I'll give that a try it might be positioning. Thanks!
Yup like u said I tried different holding positions and actually found one that it’s no problem to do this. So great idea brother and should’ve known better!!Yeah man, let me know how it goes. I can't preach those things I said enough because I have multiple injuries to various joints. Starting to practice and play longer hurt like hell and I was scared I might not be able to do this. Then it all got fixed with just a few things.
I seem to hit, a lot, the 6th string while doing the D powerchord and have to really focus and look at my strumming hand while strumming to avoid hitting and playing it.
Should that string be muted with the 2nd finger/thumb or is it just practice?
When using 5th string power chords like the D, your best practice is to get used to placing the index finger so that it barely touches, but DOES NOT PRESS down on, that 6th string. That will effectively mute it when you strike it.
The unsung hero of rock rhythm playing of any kind is getting yourself to a place where you subconsciously mute everything you don't want to ring out. It's best achieved by learning assorted ways to mute various strings with either or both hands and just making it a part of everything you do.