Tech Tip:Quick Chord Changes

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The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.


Gail Hastings; Winter Haven, FL



Q: How can I speed up my chord changes? I have been playing for three months now and I have memorized and can play all the chords in your Beginner Learn Rock Guitar DVD but when I try to change from chord to chord it takes me time to get my fingers positioned and pressed down. When I try to play a song it doesn't sound right because of the time it takes to change from chord to chord. Any advice, please?


A: WOW...first off, let me congratulate you on memorizing all the chords in that program in just three months. Great job!


Getting speed in the chord changes does take some time so you must be patient. My advice to you is repetition; take the song you are trying to master and break it down to two chords at a time. Let's say the chords of the song are Am-G-C-D, take the first two Am & G and go back and forth continuously for five minutes at a time. Then take the next two G & C and do the same with these two back and forth until you start to generate some speed. By doing this you will gain what I call "finger memory" and this will stay in your mind anytime you go to play these chords in the future.


With some practice you will start to gain speed in your chord changes and will be playing songs with ease, just remember...REPETITION IS THE MOTHER OF SKILL.


Hope this helps!


Yours in Music,
John McCarthy
Rock House