So I have been getting serious about my practice recently and have hit a.....problem.I'm not completly sure how to practice chords. What I have been doing is just picking up a few guitar magazines a day and learn a few chords from songs and then I keep practicing them but that doesnt help with me putting together my own rhythms so any advice.

I did do a search before making this topic and someone said you should put together random progressions of all the chords you know and be able to switch from one to another fluently and slowly with a metronome. I think thats a step in the right direction, but do you guys have any more advice?
I just practice switching from one chord to another. Keep it random to help build skill in switiching to and from all instead of being stuck in one series of them. Also I recommend that you look into Chord progression so you can figure out what chord to play in your own music.
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learn songs that use the chords you're working on. practice those songs with a metronome.

and yes, you do need to switch between chords fluently with a metronome, that will come with practice.

if you want to make your own chord progressions, learning music theory helps a ton. i learned from musictheory.net, and various internet forums.

also i highly recommend getting guitar pro, that helped me a lot with understanding rhythms and learning/writing songs.
Do you know any theory behind chords or what chords sound good together?

i always find that when you have chords that sound good together it spurs you on to continue to play. i mean, when you play chords that don't go well together it makes you think something is wrong beacuse the sound generated isn't great.

so i think practise chords in certain keys at different tempos and maybe different time signatures, but keep it interesting and keep it fun!
Thanks! I think I will hop on that music theory train. I had been delaying it for some time now, but I guess I'm going to just have to start learning.

I know a little bit of theory but not much.
Last edited by RetroCaesar at Dec 17, 2009,
theres a coloum on this website called the ultimate guide to guitar, i highly recomend that. It makes basic theory very VERY easy to understand. It helped me alot,
Fluency in chords is easy. And here is the secret. PLAN AHEAD. Start making the next chord shape before you have to play it. I know that sounds obvious but you'd be surprised how many beginners don't think of it.
I suppose in detail you go chord - 2 - 3 - 4 move |chord in a simple 4 beat song. Do this with barre chords on E and A shapes and you'll soon get the fluency and timing in your head & hands.
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play the intro to hanger 18, how you learn to make the fewest movements needed to make the next chord change is a idea/tip for making other chord changes. gotta know the chords ahead of time and find the relations. hanger 18 went from impossible to wow this is easy once i learned how you only have to move a few fingers.