Tips To Making Successful Chord Changes

By Zach Payton

Tired of struggling to make successful chord changes?

Today we’re going to talk about a few things that will help your progress, on how to make your chord changes more fluently. First thing, let’s decide on which progression we’re going to use. Let’s choose Gmajor, Cmajor, Dmajor.



Now we need to memorize the progression. Once you have the chords memorized, we need to make sure every string is ringing. Here’s an exercise that will help.



When you pick each note in this exercise, if one of the notes doesn’t ring out, start the exercise over again but this time focus on making the note that isn’t ringing and don’t worry about the other notes ringing out. This will cause you to zoom in and nail that one note. Once you’ve fixed this problem zoom back out and try to get every note to ring out. Also, I must capitalize on when you go to play this exercise don’t simply just play the one note that isn’t ringing. You still will be trying to play the whole chord, but you will be just focusing on the note that isn’t ringing. Once you’ve been able to get the chords to ring out cleanly, move on to the next exercise.


 Here’s an exercise I like to give my students. 


Now once you’ve played this progression with C major, now do D major and after that G major. This progression will give your brain more time to process and get ready for each change. Once you’ve gotten this down pretty well, start focusing on your left-hand tension. Try to play the chords, with just enough pressure in your left hand to get the chords to ring out.

Next part, let’s move on to our right hand. What you want to do next, is spend a little time focusing on your right hand. Focus on strumming from your elbow and not your wrist because when we’re changing from string to string we use our elbow and when we play on a single string we use our wrist.

Now we’re going to talk about what’s called accenting. You’re probably wondering what accenting is and why is it important. Accenting is basically when you pick or strum one note harder than the other notes. The reason why accenting is important is because when you accent on the one of every beat, it creates what’s called synchronization. Synchronization, means that everything is in perfect timing and both hands are in line like teeth of a gear.

So to conclude this article, if you take some of these items we talked about today, I guarantee you will start to feel more confident in your ability to play chords. Want more information on how to get better at playing guitar check out my website