Three Steps Toward Playing Clearer, Crisper Chords on the Guitar

Chords on the Guitar pic When people begin learning guitar chords, they may have trouble making all the notes ring out clearly. A muddled, metallic chord is usually the result of one or more of three primary problems.

First, guitar players must make sure that their fingers are squared as much as possible. When fingers begin to flatten, more than just the fingertip will touch a string, and this muddles the sound. The joints of the finger should make a sort of box with the fingerboard serving as the fourth side. Flat fingers muffle strings and prevent them from making a clear, crisp sound.

Second, finger placement matters. While most amateur guitar players understand that they should not place their finger directly on a fret, which causes metallic vibrations, they may not understand what comprises the best placement. Pressing midway between the two frets can also cause a twang. Ideally, the placement should be at about the three-quarter mark toward the fret needed for the chord.

Third, pressure is important. Pressing too hard on a string causes stress in the hand. However, not pressing hard enough can also be a problem. When fingering a chord, players should strive for even distribution of pressure among all fingers without pushing too hard. Getting the feeling for a chord largely just takes practice.

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Denver Broncos Field Set to Undergo Major Renovation

Denver Broncos Field pic The Denver Broncos recently partnered with Millennium Sports Technologies and Sports Contracting Group to undertake a major turf renovation at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. The upgrade will occur during the offseason, and the field has already been removed to make way for new grass. Just in time for the preseason, the renovation should be completed in early April. The first game scheduled to be played on the new field is a home opener match in early May with the Denver Outlaws playing the Charlotte Hounds.

The former turf at Sports Authority Field, installed when the stadium opened in 2001, consisted of a synthetic blend. The new playing surface will be 100 percent Kentucky bluegrass sod grown by a turf farm in Fort Morgan, Colorado. This renovation will benefit not only the Denver Broncos, but also a number of college and high school football teams that play at the stadium as well.

Peyton Manning Honored with Bart Starr Award

Peyton Manning pic Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning recently received the Bart Starr Award, one of the most celebrated awards in professional football. He received the honor at the 2015 Super Bowl Breakfast, which was attended by more than 1,600 people. The annual event is sponsored by Athletes in Action and the Super Service Challenge.

The Bart Starr Award winner is selected by players in the National Football League for good character and contributions to the game and the community. Manning is a longtime respected athlete, in both college and professional play, and he works with a number of charitable causes. Since 1999, his PeyBack Foundation has funded more than $10 million in grants and programs for youth who are at risk in Colorado, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Indiana.

Mark Householder, president of Athletes in Action, said that Manning was a “winner through his significant community contribution and a man of character and integrity in his personal life.”

Previous winners of the Bart Starr Award, which is named after the former standout Green Bay Packers quarterback, include Drew Brees, Reggie White, and Mike Singletary.

Little League Fields Named for Longtime Supporter James McGuane

Little League Fields pic McGuane Park has become a mainstay of youth baseball and softball in Darien, Connecticut, hosting Darien Little League’s girls and boys teams and Challenger baseball program. Built and renovated in 2004 by the Darien Little League, the park’s facilities include three sports fields, a playground, and a community building with batting cages and concessions.

The park is named after Father James McGuane, who served as pastor of St. John’s Church in the early 1900s and was an advocate for youth sports. He dedicated himself to working for the community, serving on boards and committees and holding a weekly mass for the residents of the Soldiers Home. He sponsored baseball, basketball, and football games in the community, and the players on a local semiprofessional basketball team were called “McGuane men.”

McGuane was beloved in the community, and the town threw a 25th anniversary party for him in 1935 at the local high school to honor his dedication to the people of Darien. The sports fields off Noroton Avenue were named McGuane Fields in 1958; more than 50 years later, they have become the centerpiece of a park dedicated to children and youth sports.