How To Increase Your Speed Changing Chords On The Guitar
Most beginning guitar players struggle to change chords quickly and accurately. This video will show you the best way to practice to build your speed and accuracy changing chords on the guitar. The key is to practice in a way that causes your fret hand to learn to keep up. Watch this video and use the practice method in it to easily build your fret hand chord change speed so that you can play the songs you want and get them to sound great on the guitar.
Guitar players sometimes think that they just need to “move their fingers faster” to increase their speed changing chords. What they need to focus on is learning to move their fingers together and not stop strumming when changing chords. Chord change speed is a direct byproduct of developing accuracy, consistency and smoothness in the fret hand.
This video lesson will help you learn to develop, apply and practice these chord change elements so that your chord changes will become fast and effortless.
For this lesson we will use two chords—the open G and D chords. Make sure that you can play the fingerings from memory without looking at any chord diagrams.
Starting with the D chord, place your fingers in the chord by moving them into the shape at one time—as slowly as you need to in order to do this. Repeat this motion several times for the D chord and the G chord as well.
After you can move your fingers into each chord shape, practice moving from the D chord to G chord—slowly and without strumming. The key is to focus on moving all fingers to the new chord shape and placing them on the guitar fretboard in the chord shape all at one time. Speed is not important at this point. You want to work toward accuracy and smoothness. Change back and forth between these chords without trying to speed up—focus entirely on accuracy.
The next step is to add a single strum on each chord. Continue to focus on moving your fret hand fingers smoothly and efficiently and as a unit working together just like you did when changing chords without the strum.
Strum the chord once and count to four as you hold the D chord. Switch to the G chord on the next “one” count. You want to keep keep a steady rhythm while strumming each chord only once while counting to four on each chord. Start to anticipate and prepare to change chords “in rhythm.” The idea is to maintain a constant rhythm so that your fret hand is forced to keep up with the speed of the rhythm.
Watch this video to learn exactly how to practice your chord changes so that you can start building your chord change speed the correct way. If you have been struggling with your chords, The video will show you exactly what you need to do in order to quickly improve your chord change speed and accuracy.
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