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dartal  
28 Jan 2006 12:34 | Quote
Posts: 1
I’m a beginner at playing the guitar and since I can’t switch my fingers fast enough from chord to chord I was wondering if there is a trick when switching chords so it all blends together instead of sounding like crap?
Ben_of_Oz  
28 Jan 2006 16:14 | Quote
Posts: 1
Practice. A lot. Just switch from chord to chord, and after a few months, they'll sound good.
ninjamaster  
1 Feb 2006 14:34 | Quote
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when you play an E play it with your pointer finger resting past the necks nut. then the E slips into the F quickly and easily. i went from clueless to playing malaguena in 6 months. what he said. great music comes from a little theory and alot of practice. learn all of the theory, modes, scales, chords. then take all that theory and throw it out the window and play what sounds good.... learn the chord of E in the middle of the bar as a sliding chord, do the same for a sliding A chord.
e---5---=---x
b---5---=---x
g---6---=---x
d---7---=---x
a---7---=---x
E---5---=---5
this is an A in the formation of an F

what im saying with this diagram is that you can play a singular note on the lowest pitch E string and then slide it up or down... the bottom string goes
0=e 1=f 2=f# 3=g 4=g# 5=a 6=a# 7=b 8=c 9=c# 10=d 11=d# and 12=e... the 12 e is an E but is not the same pitch. learn in the middle to enforce the sliding aspect of this. you can learn minors, 7s, maj7s, ect ect ect and they all slide the same way the major chord does. the low pitch string ='s stuff is stating the note that the low string is playing at the frett. all you have to do is apply the chord formation that i stated with the tab with all the 5 numbers in it.... thats what an F is at the first fret, its a G at the 3rd fret and an A at the 5th fret. being a note, it doesnt have to be the same pitch, and theres octives, where the note name repetes, but vibration dubbles of the previous location of the note. from open to 12 is an octive from 1 to 13 is an octive so on so forth. just do not pin your self at the neck of the guitar, and do not learn individual notes for individual songs. it will hinder your preformance in the END. think of this as a hobby that will take you a year of intense training to understand whats going on, and once you do that, the combinations of notes are endless. just dont rush your self, and concentrate on the proper techniques and start slowly. when you barr a note like the A formation of F have your thumb between the 6 and 7 on the opposite side of the frett board. as in have your thumb dead center of the chord formation on the other side of the frett board. if you wrap your hand up your fingers will move slowly, but you will have alot of torq on your middle ring and pinky fingers, not the barr where it needs to be.

some people play an F as
e--1
b--1
g--2
d--3
a--3
E--x
and this is me warning you to NEVER play your f like that. how are you going to play your F7 or F minor or F7minor
e--1--1----1
b--1--1----1
g--2--1----1
d--1--3----1
a--3--3----3
E--1--1----1

--F7--Fm--F7m these are sliding chords, add 4 to this and play them At the A position with the F formation. im more than happy to help start you off right!!

Z
sophieg22  
6 Mar 2006 13:00 | Quote
Posts: 24
it takes practice and experience, stick to the chords you know and perfect them before moving on to the next. It takes a while but it is worth it.
Good Luck!
Afro_Raven  
13 Sep 2006 13:57 | Quote
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A technique I used when first starting out was to position my fingers for the chord, and pluck up and down the strings a couple of times (really slowly). Then play another chord, doin the same thing. Then once you're happy you know where to put your fingers for the two chords, try playing for example a Cmajor chord, plucking from low to high strings. Once you're at the high E string, move your finger that is on the fifth string, third fret down to the second fret, whilst plucking back down the strings again. the chord will sound very strange, but once you have reached the bottom E string, move your finger that is on the second string, first fret, down a string. Pluck back up the strings and Hey Presto!!! You got yourself an E chord!! So got that? Pluck up and down, change a finger, pluck down, change another finger, pluck back up again. You can use this for any two chords that are played near to each other on the neck. Once you get really good, try moving through every single chord you know, changing to one after another. Hope this helps and you're not too confused!!!


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