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johnyere 11-20-2012 07:18 PM

Help with chord changes?
I am learning Do It Again by Steely Dan, and I'm having trouble with some of the chord changes.

Keep in mind that I'm using jazzy chord shapes and not barre chords...

What can i do to help with the chord changes in the song?

mdc 11-20-2012 07:32 PM

Gm7, Cm7, Dm7, Ebmaj7. Why are you having trouble with these?

johnyere 11-20-2012 07:37 PM

because im not using barre chords.

my guitar teacher taught me new "jazzy" chord shapes to me, and im struggling adjusting to using them.

mdc 11-20-2012 07:39 PM

Tab them, please. There are many, many voicings.

johnyere 11-20-2012 08:07 PM 2nd diagram on 3rd row 2nd diagram on 2nd row 3rd diagram on 3rd row

mdc 11-20-2012 08:15 PM

Practice slowly. If you make a mistake, you're playing too fast, always. Thumb behind the neck.

Great tune, great band.

ZaDunne 11-20-2012 08:19 PM

practice the shapes relentlessly. also, one way i like to slow everything down is to arpeggiate the chords to make sure it always comes out clean on all fretted notes

johnyere 11-20-2012 08:19 PM

thanks for the reply... would you recommend playing to a metronome as well or is that unnecessary?

rockingamer2 11-20-2012 08:19 PM

Are you having trouble stretching your fingers? If so, you can fix that by changing what your "base" finger is. We naturally make our index finger our "base" finger, but it is better to make your ring finger the base. To do this you just make the ring finger the most perpendicular to the strings and have your other fingers spread out to the other frets from there. Carry this over to idea to chords and it should help. It's a subtle adjustment but it really helps.

EDIT: Even though it's been said already, thumb behind the neck.

mdc 11-20-2012 08:21 PM

Originally Posted by johnyere
thanks for the reply... would you recommend playing to a metronome as well or is that unnecessary?

No, it's not necessary.

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