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    Unhappy F chord problem

    Hi guys I just got my soprano uke recently, though when I am practicing I cannot do the F chord. When my index finger land on the G thread, it always touches the C thread. I tried to land my finger on it more vertically to the board, but still...

    Is there a way to solve the problem? or I might need a concert uke?

    Thanks

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    the way t solve the problem is called practice. you have to teach you fingers the right place to be and then get out of the way. it will become automatic, and when that happens, and it will with enough practice, a large smile will come unbidden to your face.
    and welcome to the wonderful world of UU
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    Practice will make it come more easily.

    And then you can buy a concert uke like we all do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    Practice will make it come more easily.

    And then you can buy a concert uke like we all do.
    Or something with a tenor neck to make it even easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by consitter View Post
    Or something with a tenor neck to make it even easier.
    And then something with a baritone neck to make it harder once again.

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    All it takes is practice. You dont need a larger uke. Anything larger than a soprano is cheating.

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    Welcome to UU, Rollie. I don't know if you meant to say "index finger on the G thread" but if you did then try index finger on the E string and your middle finger on the G string. Putting your index on the G may be your problem. Good luck. Practise makes perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeshale View Post
    Try index finger on the E string and your middle finger on the G string.
    Also, be sure to arch your fingers so that you are touching the strings with the very tip of your finger, not the pad. This is hard to do if your wrist is tucked under the neck; let your wrist drop away from the neck.
    Live long, prosper, and play your ukulele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollie View Post
    I cannot do the F chord. When my index finger land on the G thread, it always touches the C thread.
    Hello Rollie

    What fingering are you using for the F chord? Your description sounds very strange (to me). The easiest form of the F chord is to play 2 0 1 0 (ie, 2nd fret on G string = closest to your nose); open on C string; fret 1st on E string; open on A string (closest to your toe). And you use the *middle* finger on the G string and index finger on E string, while you mentioned using index finger on G??? That puzzles me deeply and beyond.

    Practice really helps, but some pointers should help. You are right about getting the fretting fingers perpendicular to the fretboard. At the same time, make sure that your ukulele is *not* tilted. A beginner's tendency is to rotate the ukulele toward your face so you can see the fretboard. It makes to very difficult to plant your fingers without touching adjacent strings. Watch some videos on YouTube and see how people are holding ukuleles.

    And make sure your ukulele is set up nicely. High action makes fretting darn hard.

    Do you have a big hand? If so, it might help to get a tenor or a concert. Try some at your local stores?

    Have fun
    Chief

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    I found that, as a newer player, if I am tilting the neck backwards (skywards) to allow me to see what I am fretting, it makes it particularly hard to fret anything on the 4th or 3rd strings.

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