C chord finger strength

I can do the chord perfect for C chord pretty well. But when I’m doing one minute changes i often find that my index finger (on the 2nd string of C chord) is getting muted. I don’t seem to have sufficient finger strength right now to keep the index finger pushed down the whole time hard enough for the note to ring clear. Also some of it maybe because when I’m doing the changes the finger position and angles change. Any help on this please.

Just keep at it Anshul, you’ll get there :+1:

Try to pause the odd time when it’s not ringing out true and adjust your fingers until it’s a bit better, doesn’t have to be perfect each time, that will come…


Hmm, index finger is first fret. Do you have the index right up close to the fret? If you do, and you’re still having to use a lot of pressure, you might have a high action on your guitar which would be making it hard to play.

Are you able to easily fret that note if you just fret that one, and ignore the rest of the C chord?

Are you playing acoustic or electric, and what gauge strings do you have?

I am going to assume you mean your middle finger on the D (4th) string second fret (E), since that is the way Justin teaches and how I can relate with a similar problem.

When my index (B string first fret) and ring finger (A string third fret) press at the same time, my middle (longest) finger on the D string second fret (E) automatically lightens up and I don’t press that note well. Sometimes the index finger also leans a little into the D string, or the middle leans on the G.

I have just recently brought this to my own attention (finger style has a way of pointing out such lapses) and am working on it with attentive and remedial practice. It also helps to look at how you arc your fingers around to reach the notes. You may need to move your wrist a touch forward or more likely bring the palm of your left hand up towards the bottom of the neck.

I still find the C cord a stretch with a long scale guitar.

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As someone already suggested, it might be the action of your guitar. It’s a fairly common problem to have difficulty getting strings to ring in the first fret, often because the nut is too high.

Is there any objective way of knowing if the action of the guitar is high or if it is correct.

@Anshul78 Have a look here.

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@Anshul78 Chord perfect is for forming the chords and having all notes ring out clearly - making micro adjustments if they do not.

One-minute changes is to forcibly get your fingers racing in the chord-change moment. Those chords do not need to be perfectly formed. They need to be alright, not terrible and overly sloppy. But you don’t need to sweat on a little unwanted muting if your finger is getting there fast.

Over time, the two in combinations will reap rewards.