Learning how to play guitar chords is not a mysterious skill that is only for a few chosen "talented" people.
It's a step-by-step process based on sound learning principles and our understanding of muscle memory.
It may not seems glamorous, but there's one thing I can promise you...
IT WORKS EVERY TIME!
Of course... IF you follow the system.
Here's how it goes...
Step #1 - Practice The Fingering of the First Chord
Okay... let's start the process of learning how to play guitar chords by choosing one chord to get started with.
No mystery here. If you're just getting going I'll suggest you start with the D chord.
You're going to practice fingering the chord.
Do this by placing your fingers on the chord one at a time, then take the fingers off. Don't strum the chord yet. This is kind of a "test run" to practice where the fingers go. Repeat this process 10 -15 times.
Now finger the chord again, but this time strum the chord. Check to see that all the notes are sounding properly.
Adjust your fingers if necessary. Strum again and repeat working to get all the notes of the chord to sound without buzzing or making funny sounds.
Don’t worry about getting it perfect. This was a mistake I made in the beginning – trying to get everything just right before moving on.
Trying to get it perfect will actually hold you back. Go for about 70 to 80%. You'll refine the chord as you practice changing from one chord to another over time.
Give yourself a time limit of about 10 seconds (you'll be doing it several times). Then take your fingers off, shake your hand, and start again.
With a new chord you’ll repeat this process 10 -15 times each session.
Step #2 - Practice Fingering the Second Chord
Pick a second guitar chord that you want to learn how to play and that is commonly used with the first chord you chose. Later I’ll teach you how to play guitar chords that are commonly played together in the same song.
Repeat the same process from Step #1 of fingering the chord, shaking out your hand and starting over.
Step #3 - Practice Changing From One to the Other
a. Practice changing from one chord to the other slowly without worrying about a beat or pulse.
b. Once you can do this fairly comfortably begin practicing slowly with a steady pulse. I recommend starting with the four strums on one chord and then change to the next chord. The critical part is when you change chords. Go as slow as you need to to change chords without pausing or stopping. Then pick up the tempo little by little.
It’s important not to pause or stop when you change chords. This can become a habit over time and will only slow down your progress.
c. After you’re comfortable changing chords every four strums try changing every two strums, starting at a slow tempo again and picking up little by little.
Step #4 - Add another Chord
Once your at about 80% changing between two chords smoothly add a third chord. Again it’s best to add a chord that is commonly used with the other two chords.
Start again at a slow tempo with four strums per chord and work your way up to where you can change smoothly from one chords to the other at a moderate tempo.
Here’s some exercises you can use to practice.
Once you complete this lesson on "How To Play Guitar Chords With Confidence" the next logical step is my course titled Basic Guitar Chords And Songs where you’ll learn the forms and fingering for the 12 most important beginning guitar chords.
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