We hope your week is off to a great start. I was working on the acoustic guitar parts for Chelsea’s latest song, and a few challenging parts we wrote got my attention. They had to do with changing between open chords and bar chords.
That got me thinking. I know that these transitions can be pretty challenging for many players who are pushing to make that leap from beginner to intermediate, so I came up with a quick video that gives you 8 tips for making your open chord to bar chord transitions faster and smoother. They are explained in greater detail in the video, but here they are for you.
1 - Make sure your hand is in shape.
2 - Know the individual chord shapes on their own first.
3 - Practice multiple times per day if possible.
4 - Try to make the chord in the air first.
5 - Isolate the problem areas.
6 - Think ahead and visualize the next chord.
7 - Spring-load your hand.
8 - Be consistent with your practice over a longer period of time.
Give the video a watch, and let us know about any questions or comments that may come up. firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great rest of the week,
Nate & Chelsea