Chord Changing Exercise
Once you are comfortable with making E and A chord shapes the next step is to change between them. Some people find that they do just fine skipping this chapter, but some focused practice will always do wonders for your playing. Here it is:
This exercise can be used on any two chords that need speeding up. You should be moderately comfortable with both of them. For this lesson we will be using our first two chords, the E and A.
Get yourself some kind of timing device (I use my phone timer but any timer will do.) Set it for one minute and get your fingers into the first shape of your choice (in this case our E chord.) Press “start” and strum your E once, making sure you get all the notes ringing clearly, then move to your A chord and do the same. Go as fast as you can while playing everything cleanly–if you don’t hear every note clearly then you need to adjust and re-strum that chord—no exceptions! Count how many times you go between each set of chords within the minute and keep a log of it. Add it to your practice regiment. Be honest and you will get great results.
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