How To Change Guitar Chords Fast!
Having Trouble Changing Guitar Chords Quickly?
Don’t Fret! (Pun Intended) This is probably the second most difficult task to perform when first learning the guitar. The first is obviously learning how to play the guitar chords in the first place. Just know this… You’re not alone! Many (if not most) beginner guitar players quit the guitar too soon when they find out how difficult it can be to change guitar chords quickly. Well, let me show you a few techniques to help you get this down as quickly as possible and stop those common mistakes.
Stop Lifting Off Stationary Fingers
“You just have to move one or two fingers while leaving the others stationary”
This is the most common mistake beginners make. They set out to learn their first guitar chords without any direction. One of the first things guitar teachers will teach you about are the major keys of the songs and the guitar chords that are in those keys.
However, practicing to switch these chords in the order of these keys is not really the best way to learn guitar chords for the beginner. You really want to learn the chords that are easy to switch back and forth from. This is done by learning the chords within a key in which you don’t have to move all your fingers off the fret board in order to switch the chords. You just have to move one or two fingers while leaving the others stationary. Dave from Next Level Guitar does a great job at explaining in the video to the right.
Don’t Stop Strumming Between Chords
“it will be completely unnoticeable if the change is made fairly quickly”
One of the most common problems people have when switching chords is to stop strumming in between the chord change. This is natural for us to want to do this. After all, you don’t want to play a bunch of strings open between chords. This will just sound awful and off key. However, it will be completely unnoticeable if the change is made fairly quickly. The natural ear will not hear this. Try practicing Em and Am. Start by playing the Em chord and then switching to the Am chord without stopping your strumming. Now, this might not sound to good at first. But, after a short practice period you should have this down. After you have this perfected. Try the G chord to D chord. This one should be the most difficult for a beginner. However, this is the best way to practice changing chords. Just do as Dave says in the video above and you should be well on your way to changing guitar chords quickly.
Until Next Post! Keep Practicing!