Strength­en­ing tips

Sore fin­gers? Get started with these sim­ple shapes and melt the pain away…

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It’s per­fectly nor­mal to have sore fin­gers when you start out. Chords can be hard work, es­pe­cially if you haven’t been play­ing gui­tar very long. Start with sim­ple shapes that use one or two fin­gers and lots of open strings be­fore mov­ing onto trick­ier chords. It’s im­por­tant that you play reg­u­larly, even if it’s only for a few min­utes ev­ery­day. This will help build cal­luses – hard caps of skin – on your fin­ger­tips, that will soon ease any dis­com­fort you’re feel­ing.

Tip top Build your fin­ger­tips by play­ing sim­ple shapes be­fore mov­ing on to

trick­ier chords

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