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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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switching chords

When i switch chords i always hit the open strings inbetween is that common for everyone or do you have perfect chord to chord with nothing in between and how can i practice that?
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:50 PM   #2
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Just do it over and over again. try to mute the strings that aren't supposed to ring out,

And practice slowly, slow enough that you can do it flawlessly, then slowly increase the tempo.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:38 AM   #3
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Yep just practice slowly and build up your pace over time, hahahaha15...if that IS your real name....!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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When i switch chords i always hit the open strings inbetween is that common for everyone or do you have perfect chord to chord with nothing in between and how can i practice that?

it's not common no, it boils down to bad technique at the end of the day. It's something you can use out of choice if you want that sound but it's not something that ahould be happening without you choosing it to happen. If you can't change chords without tht extra strum in between then you need to start weaning yourself off it before it becomes a crutch.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:07 AM   #5
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Part of learning not to do this is developing left/right hand independence. Not so important when first starting off; you'll most likely be learning simple songs and techniques.

Once you get to grips with the basics, you'll quickly find that lack of independence severely limits your ability to progress.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:37 AM   #6
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Honestly it depends a lot on where the open strings are.

It's very common to allow the last upstroke of a bar to fall on open strings while the fingers are "mid air" with the chord change. If you're staying in time and that's the only time you're hitting open strings it's ok.

This video might help with your changes btw -
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:39 AM   #7
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There is no danger in playing open strings between chords, known as the 'passing chord', as long as you don't emphasise to hard on the open strings.
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