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How to play chords continuously

17 Nov 2009 07:54 | Quote
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hi i'm learning guitar since 2 months,i was not able to play the relative chords continuously,while changing from one chord to another gap i'm getting gap.How can i improve and how should be my stumming pattern?
17 Nov 2009 11:21 | Quote
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Practice works for changing chords faster as well as for strumming patterns. It's your best friend out there.
For strumming patterns you must also learn to be a good listener, then, with time and loads of practice strumming patterns will not even be an issue.
17 Nov 2009 11:36 | Quote
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for chord changes just switch over and over until you can switch quickly, i thought i would never be able to switch from A to D.
as for strumming patterns, listen to some of your favorite songs, and try to strum along. then try the same pattern without listening to it and try to keep a steady, constant beat
17 Nov 2009 13:54 | Quote
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What he said. :P
17 Nov 2009 21:50 | Quote
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BodomBeachTerror says:
i thought i would never be able to switch from A to D.

That makes me feel better. The first guitar book I had I had back in 1970 had everything in 'C,F,G'....I didn't even know about other chords. It took me a while to get the hang of A to D ...was I the last person on the planet to learn 'Wild Thing'? I wonder if the first chords we learn become like a comfort food.

Re chord changes. It will only come with time. One thing that can help is to only play one chord at first and use only open unfretted strings for the others to keep the rhythm going....then play another chord and open strings, etc. This way you get 'the flow' which is most important. Often when I'm playing a new song with a 'wierd chord' I'll skip the chord change..learn the chord separate and then insert it afterwards....maybe even just one note on one string...it keeps the rhythm going.

Edited at add. Slow the tempo way down.
You should only play the rhythm as fast as your slowest chord change even if it seems like slow motion.
18 Nov 2009 07:16 | Quote
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I had the same problem in the beginning. As the others have said, repetitive practice is crucial, but there is one little trick that I found helped me with chord changes and that's to look for an easy route ie. If you are practising say E, A and D, you can use your first finger as a guide that is, it never has to leave the fretboard, it just slides along one position and makes it easier to drop your second and third fingers into position. Try it very very slowly at first and gradually build up your speed.
18 Nov 2009 12:06 | Quote
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first start out going slow and get the feel of the chords and where to put your fingers, eventually pick up the tempo and in the matter of no time you'll get it down
19 Nov 2009 16:55 | Quote
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wel how i learned was i would put my hand on the tip of my guitar and se how fast i can get to each chord sooner or later youll get better
26 Nov 2009 12:26 | Quote
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Dont stop strumming. Thats a first step right there.

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