#1
Is there a technique that would help me strum my 4 string chords, mainly the D chord. On my Cadd9 chord I can lay my middle finger on the low E string but on 4 string chords I have trouble not strumming the A string.

Do I just train my strumming hand to not hit the strings or is there another way?

Much appreciated.
#2
you could alway mute the others, for the chords like the D and C, you have to avoid the lower strings that's all, you build that with time
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#3
you can mute them using your other fingers or just train yourself not to hit them
#4
what megano said.... also hitting the A during a Dmaj chord isn't all that bad it barely changes the sound of the chord I know I usually play D maj like this:


e|-2-|
b|-3-|
g|-2-|
d|-0-|
a|-0-|
e|-2-|


but for the most part it's just practice....
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#5
Huh, a Cadd9 chord, and your trying not to hit the A string? You prolly mean the E string, and what I usually do with Cadd9 is a use my thumb to mute the low E, cause I can wrap my entire hand around my neck, and it helps.

You eventually do train your hand to just not hit those strings, but the technique of muting them also sticks with you so it sounds even cleaner.
#6
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Huh, a Cadd9 chord, and your trying not to hit the A string? You prolly mean the E string, and what I usually do with Cadd9 is a use my thumb to mute the low E, cause I can wrap my entire hand around my neck, and it helps.

You eventually do train your hand to just not hit those strings, but the technique of muting them also sticks with you so it sounds even cleaner.


I don't have a problem with my Cadd9 chord, I just barely touch my middle finger on the low E string and it mutes it. I can't do that with the Dmaj chord, but Ill just train myself to not hit them strings, most likely better for me in the long run.
#7
Try using your thumb and/or pinky as much as possible (whichever is most comfortable, ofc)
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#8
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I don't have a problem with my Cadd9 chord, I just barely touch my middle finger on the low E string and it mutes it. I can't do that with the Dmaj chord, but Ill just train myself to not hit them strings, most likely better for me in the long run.


Same thing applies as the Cadd9 chord, your still using your thumb to mute the E string, but with a Dmaj chord, it's ok to hit that A string, nobody is going to notice cause it kinda blends with the D chord, it just makes it a little bit thicker sounding.

But yeah, with chords like that you'll just learn to not hit that open string you can't mute.
#9
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Try using your thumb and/or pinky as much as possible (whichever is most comfortable, ofc)


Agree with Hail on this one. Try using your thumb and you'll find it much easier
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