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I face difficulties when switching to other chords. Is there an easy way to learn switching?

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There are many ways to learn to switch. The secret is to play it slow. The simplest and best way would be to start a metronome and practice at a slow speed. Practising without a metronome may work, but it's not going to give you a good foundation for being a musician. Practising with a metronome will... read more

There are many ways to learn to switch. The secret is to play it slow.

The simplest and best way would be to start a metronome and practice at a slow speed. Practising without a metronome may work, but it's not going to give you a good foundation for being a musician. 

Practising with a metronome will make the foundations strong for you to build on, so start at the speed of 50 to 60 and start playing the chord switching on every "whole note".

Remember, slow and steady wins the race, so it's essential to practice every day, even if it's for 5 mins - rather than playing 1 hour once a week! 

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Yes! You have to practice it very slowly with 4 times 3 times 2 times and 1 time changing between chords!
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Hey Saurabh!I will suggest you focus on the transition from one chord to another. Figure out yourself the least finger change/movement you need, to shape another chord.Suppose you are holding 'C Major' and you want to change it to 'A Minor' then you just have to move your 3rd finger from C note(5:3)... read more

Hey Saurabh!
I will suggest you focus on the transition from one chord to another. Figure out yourself the least finger change/movement you need, to shape another chord.
Suppose you are holding 'C Major'[(5:3) (4:2) (2:1)] and you want to change it to 'A Minor'[(4:2) (3:2)(2:1)] then you just have to move your 3rd finger from C note(5:3) to A note(3:2). Find these out yourself, and it will be more comfortable. That's just one process. You can practice on the metronome. Also, it will help.

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Guitar instructor with 5+ years of teaching experience. 1st class first in Western Music from RBU.

Yes. Of course.First of all, learn the basic chord shapes in the nut position (open string position ). Then try to play a straightforward strumming pattern like DDDD on any chord. Begin slowly. Once you have mastered this four downstroke strumming pattern on a single chord, then try to switch to the... read more

Yes. Of course.
First of all, learn the basic chord shapes in the nut position (open string position ). Then try to play a straightforward strumming pattern like DDDD on any chord. Begin slowly. Once you have mastered this four downstroke strumming pattern on a single chord, then try to switch to the next chord in the progression. But again go slow when you are starting with. The best way to probably get it right is by using a metronome. Set the metronome on 60bpm and 4/4 time and then try to play these chord changes on these counts. And then you can gradually increase the tempo and make some more interesting strumming patterns of your own. But the most important thing is that you have to be patient in this entire process and keep practising. Eventually, you will be able to play beautiful chord changes and make good music.

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Rockstar of Ahmedabad Joel Mogera

The easiest method is a practice only one particular chord that you face difficulty changing. Let's say it's F major. What you do is play F major then immediately leave it. Please put all your fingers on F major n again immediately take them off. Do this to get hold of one chord once you are comfortable... read more

The easiest method is a practice only one particular chord that you face difficulty changing. Let's say it's F major. What you do is play F major then immediately leave it. Please put all your fingers on F major n again immediately take them off. Do this to get hold of one chord once you are comfortable with it. Check from what chord to what chord is a problem. Then practice both the chords in a similar fashion. Moreover, try to shift between those two chords only. I.e. F major and G major.

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Music Professional since 8 years

You must focus on the left hand first and try playing easy chord progressions like Em D C.
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Music tutor with 10 years of experience in teaching music for all age group

To gain accuracy and speed to switch between chords (or any two-chord), one should follow two steps: After playing one chord, release the tension in your palm and between fingers entirely and move to the next chord. We may have to move 2 to 4 fingers simultaneously to get a chord shape. Initially,... read more

To gain accuracy and speed to switch between chords (or any two-chord), one should follow two steps:

  1. After playing one chord, release the tension in your palm and between fingers entirely and move to the next chord. 
  2. We may have to move 2 to 4 fingers simultaneously to get a chord shape. Initially, we should try moving any two fingers simultaneously. after achieving it, include another finger. after a week; you can quickly change those two chords.

Again, there should not be any tension in your palm when switching between chords.

Hope this helps!

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Certified Guitar Instructor for last 9 Years & playing for last 13 years.

Learn the movement with just your left hand. Later when you're comfortable with the change you can bring in your right hand too.
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Rockschool Electric guitar grade 8 teacher in Mumbai

Practice shifting chords only in downstrokes at the beginning at slow speed. Once you can do it, switch to the strumming. Playing a chord progression requires a lot of practice and patience.
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Guitar teacher with 8 years experience

Play slow and use metronome for switching between chords. Switch after 4 beats Like:-. Am to C Am C D. D. D. D. D D D D
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