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  • Chord Transitions and the A major Chord

    Posted by N-lightMike on May 21, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    “I just have two simple questions-

    1. My fingers sometimes seem too “fat” to quickly/efficiently move to that darned “A”, w/ index, middle, and ring fingers, so I’ve lately been trying “converting” over to middle, ring, and pinkie fingers. Frees up the index too(?). It’s not faster YET, but maybe with more reps.

    Is this a good idea, or should I just stay w/ the “old” way— moving forward. Or if there are any other thoughts- I’m open to any & all.

    2. Can I do this- (and other chord-Friday lessons)- flatpicking or fingerpicking?- is that OK?– when I’ve tried it- I just love that kind-of sound moving between chords- where that first note of the chord I’m “going to” changes the sound!… (hard to explain…..). Again– thoughts?

    Searching/learning- you won’t hurt my feeling if you tell me I’m all wet on this…..


    Hello Mark ( @mkjohnsons ), I moved your question over here because I wasn’t sure if you would see it in the lesson comments thread. I wish the lesson comments would be a part of the forum, but apparently that just not possible.

    So, many people can’t make the A chord with all 3 fingers in a line, and that’s why Tony showed us the “triangle” finger configuration. That’s what I do, with a very large difference. I use my index finger on the G string. That puts my middle finger on the D string and my ring finger on the B string.

    This gives me several very large advantages:

    1. My fingers can fit in the space allowing me to make a “real” A major chord with the high E string able to sing out.
    2. When I go to a D major chord, my index finger stays right where it is, my ring finger simply slides down one fret and my middle finger comes over to the high E string. It’s a super simple chord transition. And of course, it’s just as easy in the other direction.
    3. When I go to the E major chord, my index finger just has to slide up one fret and my middle and ring move together to the A and D strings. This is almost as easy a transition as the A – D transition. And again, it goes super easy in the other direction.

    As far as the second question, yes, of course you can use finger picking, flat picking, or strumming. This lesson is about practicing chord transitions, how you choose to address the strings with your picking hand is totally optional. And yes, please make the “extra” sounds as you move to another chord. Develop your own style. In the end, that’s the ultimate goal.

    MG 😀

    N-lightMike replied 3 years ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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