I have a question and once again I hope there’s someone here who can help me.
Here’s my situation in general:
I’ve got an acoustic guitar (Fender CD 60-S) and I’m currently - technically - on the last module of Grade 1. However, I’m always someone who also looks ahead and as the F chord will be on my plate soon, I’ve already had a look at Justin’s video for that. I guess it doesn’t surprise anyone that I’m struggling with it.
I have no idea which strings are currently on my guitar. Online i found this information: Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L Coated 80/20 (.012-.052 Gauges), PN 0730880303
As it was a gift from a friend who bought the guitar in Estonia, I’m not sure though.
I now have the opportunity to get new strings for free next week as a guitar shop has a cool promotion going on - and Fender guitars are eligible. The new strings I can get will also be Fender strings, so there’s a limitation on what kinds of options I have.
So long story and here’s my question: Do you know if different kind of strings would be helpful for me to get the F chord sooner? As money really is an issue for me, I can neither afford non-Fender-strings nor an electric guitar (although I really want one…).
I’m also a bit scared that with different strings, the guitar will “feel” different for me. I catch myself playing with closed eyes from time to time, with my hand simply moving by feel/muscle memory. I honestly have no idea if that’s a good thing but it puts less strain on my neck and shoulder compared to when I’m looking at the fretting hand.
Basically, I’m hoping for thoughts on what would be most beneficial - different strings (if available) with the risk of a new-ish feeling to my guitar or the same kind of strings with the usual struggle to get that chord right.
Thank you all in advance!
PS: Maybe it also helps to say that with the F chord, my first finger’s side is getting quite sore very soon thanks to the strings being quite thin already. I don’t miss the finger pain from the beginning and I kind of think, I’ll have to work through this new kind of finger pain regardless… Hopefully it’ll get better, too.