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Unread 08-01-2004, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hello.
I just started learning Guitar I know three cords but I am having a hard time siwtching cords.
I always have to stop and look and make shure I am putting my fingers on the right strings.
Any tips or is this one of those "keep working on it and you well get it sometime" kind of things.
Thanks -Tommy

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Unread 08-01-2004, 09:38 PM   #2
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Hello.
I just started learning Guitar I know three cords but I am having a hard time siwtching cords.
I always have to stop and look and make shure I am putting my fingers on the right strings.
Any tips or is this one of those "keep working on it and you well get it sometime" kind of things.
Thanks -Tommy
Get Fretboard Logic SE and read it cover to cover. That will tell you everything you need to know about barre chords and just about everything else you need to know as well.

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Unread 08-01-2004, 09:49 PM   #3
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Hello.
I just started learning Guitar I know three cords but I am having a hard time siwtching cords.
I always have to stop and look and make shure I am putting my fingers on the right strings.
Any tips or is this one of those "keep working on it and you well get it sometime" kind of things.
Thanks -Tommy
You basically just have to keep practicing. Your fingers need to develop the memory of each of the five chord forms (C-A-G-E-D) and that only comes by a lot of repetition.
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Unread 08-01-2004, 10:30 PM   #4
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Congrats on beginning your journey down the well trodden road that is guitardom(I love making up words). One of the hardest things in the beginning is not being able to switch chords quickly and cleanly. I actually quit learning for like two years because it frustrated me. But once I decided to actually learn and practice I noticed a quicker improvement. And like Rainer said, its all about muscle memory. I know how to fret chords, but if I try to play a left-handed guitar I still can't really do it. Why? Because even though it is in my head its not in my right hand. So keep up your practice, and be assured that everyone started out just like you and had trouble. Don't give up!
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guitardom(I love making up words).
Dude, I thought I made up that word!!!
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It is like learning any new skill like writing or riding a bike. You work really hard at itfar a month until you can do it in your sleep and then you will be able to do it in your sleep for the rest of your life. Yeah my first few times playing the guitar with 3 chords was great. Get a teacher for like 6 lessons and then you'll be good until you start soloing. Learn some familiar praise and worship songs and before long you will be in love.
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Dude, I thought I made up that word!!!

Quite possible, I have been known to unknowingly( ) reinvent things that have already been done. Such as the G-D-Em-C progression. I was messing around and I thought, wow thats awesome. Then friend of mine said "Hey, you know how to play Green Day?"
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It doesn't come easy, it takes practice, repetition, and a lot of desire and heart to stick with it.

If its too tough, take up bass or drums - guitarists are always in need of bandmates
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It doesn't come easy, it takes practice, repetition, and a lot of desire and heart to stick with it.

If its too tough, take up bass or drums - guitarists are always in need of bandmates
I sincerily think that 1/3 of all drummers should play bass. There would be like 5000 more bands because all the guitar players wouldn't have to play bass all the time. There are tons of drummers and 0 bass players
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my guitar teacher taught me to use a metronome(is that how u spell it). if you dont know what it is its this little machine that keeps asteady beat for you. you can make the beat faster or slower. just buy one and switch chords every 4 beats. after a while, turn it up and go faster. also dont wait until your fingers are in perfect position to strum(if that makes sense). dont double check you fingerings before u strum. the metronome really helps but its mainly all practice and repitition. i know how you feel because i just started half a year ago and i still struggle movin with barre chords. just keep up and dont stop playin.
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if you practice your chords everyday, you probably wont have to look at your hand in a week. and wont have to think about it in a month.

The best way to do it is find a song with simple chords. (C, G, D, Dm, E, Em, F, A, Am)
and just try to do quarter-note strums for it, but really concentrate on the chords. you don't have to use the whole song, so don't worry if one part has some complicated chords in it.

But basically, it will come with practice.
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also dont wait until your fingers are in perfect position to strum(if that makes sense).
If your fingers can't make it in perfect time, stop and slow down. Go slow enough that your fingers can do it, and slowly speed up. Not doing that can create sloppy playing habits.
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you could always start with power chords... i have been playing power chords since i started about 5 months ago, and truthfully, now that i am moving into open chords, if i had started wtih open, i probably would still be playing. but knowing your power chords, helps with playing simpler songs. i have been playing open for about three weeks, and practicing with my power chords helped me alot.
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If your fingers can't make it in perfect time, stop and slow down. Go slow enough that your fingers can do it, and slowly speed up. Not doing that can create sloppy playing habits.
I think what Sabertooth was referring to was the tendency to totally lose track of what you're doing just because you missed a chord. When I started learning my teacher would have us just do a couple a bars of a chord and then switch to a different chord. Increasing tempo and switching and all that, and if I messed up on a chord I would always stop and try to figure it out and then I would get lost as to what we were doing and I would just stop playing.
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I think what Sabertooth was referring to was the tendency to totally lose track of what you're doing just because you missed a chord. When I started learning my teacher would have us just do a couple a bars of a chord and then switch to a different chord. Increasing tempo and switching and all that, and if I messed up on a chord I would always stop and try to figure it out and then I would get lost as to what we were doing and I would just stop playing.
u are correct
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