Nearly every guitar beginner struggles with chord transitions, but mastering your changes might be easier than you think. Here's the tip every guitar player you know forgot to tell you.
A decent rhythm guitarist can play clean notes, hold a solid rhythm and transition chords smoothly. Many beginners get comfortable with the first two skills, but crash and burn on the third. The issue is usually that they are trying to change between strums. This is virtually impossible and forces the player to step out of the rhythm to make the change.
Changing chords smoothly isn't about speed.
It's about rhythm.
In the video below, I'll show you when to start your transition so you naturally arrive with the next chord at the right time. Follow this tip and there is no need to rush. Once you've got the idea, I've suggested some simple acoustic song lessons that will help you master the technique.
Whenever you learn a new technique you should attempt it in its easiet form first. I've selected these song lessons from our "Four Chords And The Truth" collection for you to practice with. Choose one section from the song and take it nice and slow. Don't even worry about landing properly yet. Play to a metronome and practice lifting your left hand on the correct beat. Once this feels natural, take it up a notch and try landing the following chord. If you aren't an esteemed Worship Artistry member yet, you can sign up for a free account here to learn more songs with us.
If you've got any tips that have helped you make your transitions, please share them in the comments section below. We're all here helping each other become better musicians so join the conversation.
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