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Beginners guitar lessons, chords - 4 tips for acoustic and electric pick style players 

  

  Guitar chords can be difficult for the beginner, there seems to be 
  so many chords to learn and how do you remember all of them?

  Anyone who has ever tried to learn the guitar will remember,
  endless difficult chord shapes, buzzing strings and unmusical
  sounds.

  Try these four tips and you will be well on your way to
  overcoming the guitar chord blues.



  Tip 1 -- memory cards

  The best way to recall chord names and associate the chord name
  with the correct chord shape is via data memory cards.

  Simply use a blank index card with the chord name on one side of
  the card and the correct chord shape on the other side of the
  card.

  Use these data memory cards like question and answer cards, look
  at them each day adding new cards as you learn more chords.

 The concept is, you would have three piles of cards -- a daily
  pile, weekly pile and monthly pile.

  Once you get the answer correct place the card in a weekly pile,
  at the end of the week, test yourself with all the chords in the
  weekly pile, the data cards that you correctly answered from the
  weekly pile move to the monthly pile, the cards that were
  answered incorrectly go back to the daily pile.

  You will be able to remember an enormous number of chords using
  this method.




  Tip 2 -- easy shapes

  Most of the chord shapes presented in commercially available
  guitar "chord books" are too difficult for beginners. The generic
  chord shapes contained in these books are technically correct
  however highly impractical for the guitarist, even an experienced
  player.

  The solution is to re-design the chord shapes in a way that only
  requires 2 or 3 fingers with minimum finger movement between
  chords.

  Modify any chord shape so that you are only playing the first 3
  or 4 strings. this will give you a good sounding chord without
  all the unnecessary stretching.



  Tip 3 -- chord stamp

  When you are changing chords take special note of how your
  fingers make up the chord shape.

  The idea is to have all your fingers stamp down on the chord in
  one single movement, not two of three movements. Think of your
  fingers coming down on the strings like a rubber stamp.



  Tip 4 -- metronome

  Once you know the chord shape you will need to develop speed and
  accuracy with your chord changes.

  Use a metronome to monitor your progress. Start by setting the
  metronome to 60 beat per minute. Select a chord progression to
  practice, strum the chord on the first beat of the bar and listen
  to the metronome for the remaining three beats.

  The idea is to get the next chord change accurately on the first
  beat of the next bar, if the chord change isn't accurate, slow
  the metronome down,

  We want to use the metronome to track our progress, don't set the
  metronome and try to reach the tempo, rather use the metronome to
  monitor our daily progress.

  Gradually increase the tempo over time.


  The most important thing to keep in mind is to tap your foot and
  concentrate on developing your rhythm.

 

   

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