How to Play Guitar Chords - How To Change Between Chords
How to Play Guitar Chords - Learn the Tips and Secrets To Quickly And Easily Change From One Chord To Another Without Missing A Beat
Learning to change smoothly between chords is called transitioning or making chord transitions.
Take a look at the G and the D7 chords in the diagram below:. Try to change between these two chords very smoothly (called a chord transition), while holding your rhythm rock-solid.
The thing you cannot do is play the G smoothly and on the beat until you reach the D7 chord and then pause to change chords.
Key to practicing chord transitions is to start out really slowly and make sure you don't pause or skip a beat when you change chords.
Our next example steps it up a notch. Now we will change between 4 different chords - the Dm and G.
In order to skillfully change between 2 different chords, you will need to learn the principle of common notes, or common fingering.
This simply means looking for shared notes that are used in common between the 2 chords - or the chord you are playing and the chord you wish to transition to.
Most guitarists use this technique because it allows them to be as efficient as possible - in other words, it keeps your hand movements to a minimum, and with that comes speed and ease of playing.
First let's analyze the differences between the Dm and G7 chords. Note that there are 2 notes that these chords have in common. They are the 1st string and 4th string.
To transition between them, finger the G7 chord, then move your 2nd finger to the2nd fret of the 3rd string and move your 3rd finger from to the 2nd string, 3rd fret.
Your first finger acts like an anchor and does not move at all. This is a great way to move between chords.
So by this method you can see that it saves wasted motion and make chord changes a lot more efficient.
In the next example we will change between the C and Am chords.
Set the fingering of the C Major chord.
Next, in order to form the Am chord, you only need to move one finger - that being the 3rd finger.
Move it to the 3rd string, 2nd fret and you are done
Here are some additional methods to make your chord changes go smoother.
Sliding an anchor finger:
This is a common method that I use to move very efficiently. You do this by releasing downward pressure on an already fingered note, slide that finger into a new position and apply enough pressure to sound the new note clearly.
This method allows to to very easily to keep track of your fret positions and gives you a great deal of efficiency
Moving Fingers In Tandem:
Moving fingers in tandem means to move your fingers as a group - all at one time. Usually this is done with 2 fingers at a time, but sometimes you can use as many as three fingers.
Lets look at changing from a D7 chord to a G chord, which employed both of these methods:
Finger the D7th and strum it. To go the to G, lift the 1st and 2nd fingers about 1/4 inch above the strings and smoothly move both the 1st and 2nd fingers to their new locations.
Next, (and at the same time), release a bit of pressure from the 3rd finger and slide it into position on the 3rd fret without actually lifting if from the string.
Strum the G7. You should move them together, to use as little effort as possible.