Recently I had a chance to sit down and play some tunes with a Fretboard Anatomy reader.
She was telling me how frustrated she was with barre chords, so I thought I’d take a few minutes today to show you how to tackle switching chords, particularly those tricky ones.
- set a timer
- use calendar alarms to be sure you’re working on it everyday
- chord squeezing
- then chord squeezing with a slight lift
- then chord squeezing with a bigger lift
- then chord squeezing with fully outstretched hand
- once you can make the chord reliably, introduce switching chords
- set a metronome for 60-80bpm
- play whole notes – you have all four beats to make the switch
- once that’s not difficult, switch to half notes
- then quarter notes
- then consider speeding up the metronome