You need to remember a few things when forming chords.
- Always start building your chords from the top. This is where you will generally start strumming, so you will put the top fingers down first.
- Use good posture with your chord hand. Remember to TILT your hand and use the fingertips to push down on the strings.
- Push down pretty hard to make the chord sound.
- Stay close to the front of the fret when pushing down a note. If you get buzzing sounds, make sure you are pushing down hard and close to the front of the fret. See Chord Building Rules for more information.
Once you are able to form the two chords, practice switching from one to the other. You will not move your third or fourth finger. Simply pick up the top two fingers and move them down. On the C chord, mute the top E String with the tip of the 2nd finger. This is very important. Position your finger so that it slightly touches the top string causing it to mute the string.
If you find that your chord is sounding weak and some random notes are muted accidentally, that is ok at this point. Practice forming your chords every day and practice strumming and switching between the chords. You may be muting a string with one of your fingers. Try to TILT your hand and curve your finger to come straight in to the fret board to overcome this. Pluck each string individually to hear each string ring out. If one seems muted, try to move your fingers around to get a better sound from the string.
Lesson 5a Forming the G and C Chord
Lesson 5b – Strum the G and C Chord Practice