#1
Hello everybody!

I've been playing for two days now, so yes, I'm an über guitar n00b.
I don't have a teacher yet and I'm actually going to self educate
myself for at least half a year. And here goes my problem:

I'm making a chord and do a strum. Then, when I want to
change to the next chord, I release my fretting hand in order
to readjust it. The moment I lift my hand of the strings the sound
is muted and there's a dead silence.
So, how do I maintain
the sound while I'm changing chords?


I play a Fender Stratocaster through a VOX Valvetronix amp.
Each & every suggestion is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

Cheers!
#2
Im not the most technical guitar player, heck, Im not even the best sounding, but I dont think its possible to make a chord sound without fretting it. I may be wrong though. Youve just got to learn how to switch chords fast enough to maintain the flow.
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#6
(To CorkyMcDoogle)Dude, lay off, he said he's new.

Get to where you can change chords and hit all the right notes. Then work on getting your speed up so that you can change the chords without dead silence. With time time and practice comes skill.
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#7
you could do what gregson says cos, you know, that works and also what XalabasterX said, as in the delay, you would have to fine tune it quite a bit though.
i was interested to hear that you have a fender strat and a vox amp and youv only been playing two days. lol no offence i just thought it was weird
#8
Excellent starter pack, I might said. I have an AD50VT and a cheap Behringer strat-knockoff and it sounds bloody awesome. I figure it'd sound even better with a "real" guitar.

As the previous posters said, you just need to change fast enough. You'll get to it in no time, don't worry.
#9
Well, I sort of thought that it *might* be impossible, but I'm just referring
to records I listen to. And on most songs when you hear a chord progression,
chords are blending into each other very smoothly. And when I'm changing them,
the moment my hand goes away, it's <BAM!> <.mute.> and no sound.

Certainly, I will learn how to change 'em faster.
Just wanted to figure out what's the catch.
#11
Just keep practacing your chord changes over and over. You'll get super fast in no time
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#12
Sorry, I wasn't trying to be mean.

Just think about it for a couple seconds and see if what you're asking is logical though.
#13
uhhh....you can't

Try some reverb, that might help

But as you practice you'll get faster at changing chords, so that you won't notice the gaps between them
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lol no offence i just thought it was weird

It's hard to offend me anyway. But now I'm curious what's
weird in having a Strat and a VOX amp?

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Excellent starter pack, I might said.

Thanks dude! VOX rocks!
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Sorry, I wasn't trying to be mean.

Peace and love, brotha!

It's just, when you're starting out, a lot of things don't seem to be logical.
Like Steve Vai's speed, for instance. Besides, don't forget that we're talking
about "the instrument of the devil" here. I better off leaving
my analytical skills for future compositions anyway.
#16
Just practice, practice, practice.

The only way you can tell if you've improved is after a couple weeks, look back at how much faster you can switch chords as opposed to, say, about a month ago.

You just have to get used to switching chords fast. I had the same problem.
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#17
What i've found out when I was trying to make my chord changing smoother, is to switch chord positions as fast as possible right when I strum. Right when you strum, not before it - that way it sounds smooth. It'll just take practice to build up to speed.
#18
alot of times when you're moving from one chord to another , you can keep notes ringing out that are common to both chords.

a simple example would be an open position C chord moving to an open position Am chord.

you only need to move one finger when you change between these chords , this keeps the change very smooth.
#19
You need to make transitions faster.

Currently, you're releasing one position, but your fingers are muting the strings.

Also, there's the problem of sustain, re: your guitar probably doesn't have a lot of it :p
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#20
Record yourself now of you doing chord changes, Put that away.

Practice chord changes for a week, then record.

Listen to old recording, listen to new, you'll hear a big difference.
Its all about practicing that change.
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#21
Nothing is weird with having a Stratocaster and a VOX amp, I just think it's an excellent setup for a beginner. You won't need to upgrade your gear for quite a while (perhaps a pedal).

Have you started barre chords yet?
#22
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Have you started barre chords yet?

Well, not really. What I'm mostly doing now, is building up calluses
on my fretting fingers, doing stretching exercises and generally
tinkering with my new gear (time state: 3 days now).

What I'm going to do next, is to buy some good learning course,
because I like it with a system. Then, I gonna study and practice
it like a motherf#$%er and see where it will bring me. When I'll
feel a little bit advanced I'll hit the nearby private school of music,
which happened to be less then 1 hour away from me.

Speaking of barre chords, I actually tried to do a couple of them,
but no luck so far. I think it's gonna be a tough one, since my
fingers are super thing (yet quite long).
#23
That's not possible. The best you can do is hold on till the absolute last moment, then quickly change chords. This means practice to get your changes fast.
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#24
Barre chords seem overwhelming and impossible at first, but once you get the strength for them they will flow as naturally as open chords.

Your time plan seems excellent, btw. It's good you have ambitions!
#25
1 thing that helped me when i first started was just sitting there fretting the main chords and not strumming, just changeing from 1 chord to the next. i would just sit there for hours watching tv or whatever going through the chords,
#26
i dont think its impossible...sometimes when i play a not/chord and i hold it long enough with a little vibrato it will keep ringing even after i take my fingers away..i do the same things with pinch harmonics(sqeals)