#1
Well I just started play guitar not too long ago (electric) and I know a few simple one cords riffs and wanted to move up a little.

I'm having a problem holding more than one string on the same fret, in tab form it looks like this...

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|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--1-------------------------------------|
|--1-------------------------------------|
|--1-------------------------------------|

^ I have no Idea how to play that. First I tried using all three fingers down on the fret and it sounded like crap. Second time I used one finger, my index and pressed all three chords down it just it. It sounded better but I found it really hard to do and still didn't sound all that great.

So what am I doing wrong?
#5
Nothing. You just need to practise it more to build up the strength in your finger(s) and let the skin on your fingers harden/form calousses.
#7
Alright thanks but I have another question. When moving to another set of chords like

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|-----------------------------------------|
|--1--2-----------------------------------|
|--1--2-----------------------------------|
|--1--2-----------------------------------|

Should I take my finger off the first set of chords, or slide it down the strings to the second set of strings?
#8
I slide it, but its all up to personal preference. Also, your other fingers may not be as strong as your index, so it would be harder to switch fingers.
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#9
slide it or use your middle finger for that one. train each of your fingers to do this chord.
#10
you can train that good by playing barre chords

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barre_chord

since you just started out on the guitar, building fingerstrenght is a MUST, otherwise you won't be able to play fast licks or play some decend sounding tunes.

try to teach yourself to play as much notes without moving your hand. Like 1-2-3-4 (index-middle-ring-pink), then move your hand, and play 5-6-7-8 (again index-middle-ring-pink)... you can do the same for those drop-d powerchords you mentioned

Just look around UG for warming-up stuff and beginners lessons on building fingerstrenght.

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#11
I really wouldn't recommend trying to learn to play in Drop D - learn the bread and butter techniques of playing the guitar in standard tuning and explore things like alternative tunings when you've got a grasp of the basics.
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#12
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I really wouldn't recommend trying to learn to play in Drop D - learn the bread and butter techniques of playing the guitar in standard tuning and explore things like alternative tunings when you've got a grasp of the basics.

+1

Practice barre chords. They're the basis of the technique you're trying to do, and a great way to build finger muscles.
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#13
Sounds like you're trying to learn "Them Bones" by AIC?
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