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  • Strumming

    Posted by richs52yahoo-com on August 1, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Can anyone give me any drills I can do for strumming while changing chords. I can’t seem to keep the strumming going while I’m changing chords.

    That_Guy replied 10 months ago 7 Members · 10 Replies
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  • MMMURRAY

    Member
    August 1, 2023 at 11:15 am

    I’m still new like you but I found that by going slower and letting the previous cord play out I’m able to relax and move my fingers to the new cord without too much difficulty. watch how slowly Tony moves from one cord to the next. I also tend to move quicker than he does but by slowing down I’m more relaxed. Good luck.

  • Fletch

    Member
    August 3, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    I hate strumming…!

    But… Between transitions, don’t worry if you’re playing the last ‘up/down’ beat kinda open… Works for me… 😃

  • Loraine

    Member
    August 8, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    @richs52yahoo-com It just comes with lots of practice, and I agree with slowing it down and having an open string strum while your fretting hand changes chords. There are drills you can do to make sure your landing all your fingers of a chord at the same time. Then there is minimal time needed to change chords, because you’ll have the muscle memory to land the chord in one shot.

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    August 9, 2023 at 10:08 am

    @richs52yahoo-com ;

    Simple. This has nothing to do with chord changes and everything to do with “playing by feel”. Get into the rhythm, a rhythm that you’re doing automatically so nothing you do with your fretting hand stops it.

    Use one chord and just start grooving, be-bopping, whatever you want to call it. Then, turn on a metronome and get your groove to line up with the steady beat. When you can watch TV and keep a steady rhythm, whatever rhythm, then you can change chords.

    One of the most important points Tony teaches is to break things down so you are only trying to learn or improve on one thing at a time.

    You may be at the stage of just using the simplest rhythm of down, down, down, down. If so, do that with a metronome. Find videos that give you exercises that make using a metronome fun. In a week, you’ll be changing chords and keeping rhythm without even thinking about it.

    MG 😀

  • That_Guy

    Member
    August 12, 2023 at 9:21 am

    The best thing I ever did was stopped doing practice drills and just start doing actual songs. It’s less boring and if you’re familiar with the song in your head it kind of helps you keep the rhythm going. I get most of my chord sheets for songs from ultimateguitar.com

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