Guitar 101: The Three Most Common Guitar Playing Problems

Nobody’s perfect, but you can improve your guitar playing greatly by paying a little more attention to a few details. Chances are, even if you’ve been playing for a while, you’re still making one or more of these common mistakes. So let’s work on making your playing better with just a few changes. Changing From One Chord To The Next Let’s say you’re playing in 4/4 time, and you’re in the key of D. You’re playing a D chord. Your rhythm pattern is eighth notes. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. You’re strumming down on 1, 2, 3, 4 and you’re strumming up on all of your “ands.” That’s one bar of a D chord. Then you’re changing to a G chord. Do this slowly, at about 65 bpm on your metronome. I want you to especially notice the “and” of beat 4. It should be an upstroke. When you hit that 4 and, your fingers should still be on the D chord. They should not be lifted off the strings to give you a head start on the G chord. What most people do is strum that last eighth note (4 and) and hit open strings while their fingers are en route to the G chord. What do you have if you hit the e, b, and g strings open. You have an Em chord. So in effect, you’re hitting an Em chord instead of a D for the last upbeat (eighth note) of that bar. Is that so bad. Yes, it is. Can you imagine playing any other instrument and substituting an Em chord for the last eighth note of every single bar in the song before you change chords. If you do it when you go from D to G, you probably do it every time you change chords. So a chord progression that should sound like this:   D – G –... Sign In to Keep Reading

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