Basic dos and donts and howtos

1.    As close to the fret as possible (but not on it)

2.    With the first phalanx pointing in a right angel to the fretboard (not flatly).


1st step: get an idea of the best movement



·        2nd step: start playing


o       VERY IMPORTANT: once you start playing music, you have by all means to keep the time (even when only practicing a chord progression)!!!

§         Use a metronome  (or a drum computer)

§         Choose a very simple rhythmic pattern; I’d recommend just downstrokes in crotches (on every beat of the metronome)

§         While doing that on one chord, get a feeling for the quavers by counting 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + (say “one and two and…”). Take care that your right hand moves up exactly on the +s.

o       Every chord progression needs a certain amount of time (which will get shorter when you improve). This time must be before the 1 of the next bar. So when you come to 4 +, lift off the fingers (only those, that have to be moved, of course). Place them on 1 of the next bar.

o       KEEP PLAYING the rhythm, even if you didn’t succeed completely (or the fingers start bleeding, a string breaks, your house burns down…).
(You are still at a very slow tempo, aren’t you??)
In case you are not even close to get the new chord, you had better move back to the 1st step and analyse, what is wrong about your movements.

o       Are you sure you haven’t forgotten to move your right hand upward on 4+, because you concentrated so much on your left???

o       Find a good interval for changing the chords: If you change every bar, your attention and thoughts probably soon will stay back behind the action. If you wait too long, your fingers will be kind of frozen in the old chord.
I’d recommend changing every two or four bars. Remember, you still change one pair of chords!

End of lesson. This could be enough for weeks, months or even years.



You’ll know what the next steps could be:



Always keep in mind: if you fail, better go back one step, where you are safe. Get used to success, not to failure!


Modify this method if necessary! Find out what works best for you! Don’t follow instructions you don’t understand or you don’t see a reason for.





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