#1
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?
Last edited by johnyere at Nov 20, 2012,
#3
because im not using barre chords.

my guitar teacher taught me new "jazzy" chord shapes to me, and im struggling adjusting to using them.
#6
Practice slowly. If you make a mistake, you're playing too fast, always. Thumb behind the neck.

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Last edited by mdc at Nov 20, 2012,
#7
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
Last edited by ZaDunne at Nov 20, 2012,
#8
thanks for the reply... would you recommend playing to a metronome as well or is that unnecessary?
#9
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.
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Last edited by rockingamer2 at Nov 20, 2012,
#10
Quote by johnyere
thanks for the reply... would you recommend playing to a metronome as well or is that unnecessary?

No, it's not necessary.