Open Chords are usually what beginner guitarists learn first on the guitar. But more often than not, they get the technique all wrong.
In this lesson, I’m going to show you what I believe to be the most effective technique for open chords.
Let’s start with some analysis of professional players. I’ve chosen 5 different players from various generations and styles of music. They are:
Keith Richards, Neil Young, David Gilmore, James Hetfield, and Taylor Swift.
What We’re Looking For:
Where is the thumb placed? Why is it placed there? How does this affect the other elements below?
How does the wrist look? What is the angle?
What parts of the guitar is the palm connecting with?
How are the fingers angled? How are they spreading themselves across the frets?
How much are the fingers curled?
What parts of the hand are in contact with what parts of the guitar neck?