In this blog I’m going to talk about how to make your guitar chords sound better. We’re going to focus solely on the basic open (or “cowboy”) chords for now, I’ll address bar chords in a later blog.
The first thing you want to make sure of is that your guitar is able to produce clean sounding chords.
– Make sure your guitar is “set up” (adjusted) correctly – The action (distance of the strings to the fingerboard) should not be set too high to enable you to play chords much more efficiently. There are a number of reasons why it could be set too high, including the truss rod needing to be adjusted, the nut needing to be replaced or filed, and the saddle(s) needing to be filed or adjusted. You can take your guitar to a local repair shop or luthier for a set up to fix any of these problems. The set up should also include correcting the intonation to ensure chords played up the neck will be in tune.