#1
How do you get used to playing new/alternate/complicated chords?
I was writing a song the other day and I used a chord that used a barre with the index and a really awkward shape with the rest of my fingers and at first I could not transition from the previous chord to that one in time. But I've been repeating the chord progression a lot since yesterday and now it seems really easy.

It reminded me of how I felt when I first started playing guitar and tried to get from a C to a G smoothly.

So does anybody have any other techniques for getting used to complicated chords?
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#2
Try playing exercises that require awkward finger positions.
Other than that just keep doing what you're doing, playing them over and over again, you'll get them eventually.

EDIT: If you need something to practice with, try these jazz chords:
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/chords/jazz_chords.html
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#3
just repeat it over and over and over and over and over again and then the fingers memorize" how the chord should be like.... i don't have any other explanation

Try to exercise with those "awkward" chords as you call them.
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#4
cool advice, but you know guys, it really hurts my fingers and I am starting to build callouses, it's really hard for a woman to play it,
somehow, what would be the family chord that would most help a beginner to start with.
#6
Pure practice.
Everything that seemed so complicated to me in the beginning are so easy now.
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#7
I sometimes "layer" the notes.

I ll "build" the chord while strumming while incorporating open notes or other tones to make it sound more fluid. I guess thats the best way to descibe it. I dont have a way to record it visually so I cant show you. Its basically using the same "beginners" approach to making chords: one note at a time only I lay down at least three notes (depending on what chord Im using) and build the rest one or two notes at a time after that. I have never been able to make perfect transitions unless they were open chords or very basic barre chords, and even then I still like to build them sometimes. (depends on what I want to achieve.)
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cool advice, but you know guys, it really hurts my fingers and I am starting to build callouses, it's really hard for a woman to play it,
somehow, what would be the family chord that would most help a beginner to start with.


Family chord is exactly right. All chords are going to be based upon similar shapes. Personally, I don't really try to memorize each chord type as such, just the way it sounds and the way it changes the basic major, minor, and 7th chords that I already know.

Also, finger callouses are a normal part of a guitarists' development. I took a year hiatus and they didn't go away. It's part of the deal.
#9
Oh god, one of the people in this thread copied my DP, and some "complicated" chords, are just adding a finger or taking a finger off, this is in their most basic voicings of course ^_^
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cool advice, but you know guys, it really hurts my fingers and I am starting to build callouses, it's really hard for a woman to play it,
somehow, what would be the family chord that would most help a beginner to start with.
"oh no I can't play chords cos I'm just a feeble little girlie" - if thats your attitude get back in the kitchen! Take your guitar with you tho....

Start with open major and minor chords, then when you can switch smoothly between them learn E and A shaped barre chords. Learn how chords are constructed at the same time so you can work out more complicated chords when you get there. And stop whinging - ofc it hurts til your fingers toughen up. Keep playing provided its only the tips of your fingers that are sore and your fingers will toughen up quicker.
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"oh no I can't play chords cos I'm just a feeble little girlie" - if thats your attitude get back in the kitchen! Take your guitar with you tho....

Start with open major and minor chords, then when you can switch smoothly between them learn E and A shaped barre chords. Learn how chords are constructed at the same time so you can work out more complicated chords when you get there. And stop whinging - ofc it hurts til your fingers toughen up. Keep playing provided its only the tips of your fingers that are sore and your fingers will toughen up quicker.

Haha. I don't see why people have that attitude, you don't even need much pressure to fret.