Hello! I?ve just began learning how to play guitar and I'm having trouble mastering some of the guitar chord basics. I can play C and G easily, but F is really kicking my a**. Many of the more advanced chords are really hurting my fingers. Does anyone have some tips?
I don't mean to sound like a prat, but practice is the best thing for it. When I started on guitar, my teacher had me draw chords on index cards (one per card). He would then make me shuffle them, and first lay out three. Then work on moving from chord to chord. Slowly, at first. Then faster, while he kept time. Eventually, I worked up to seven cards at a time.
Barre chords can be real tough when first starting out. Fingers aren't really meant to exert lateral pressure like that. Keep it up, and don't get discouraged. There are days when I also hate making those chords.