#1
I went back to guitar classes recently and the new teacher was doing something that I haven't seen previously. He had me lift my fingers between chords and strum the guitar once after a measure while repositioning fingers for the second measure. Is this normal?

Example-

I hold the G chord for the "1 + 2 + 3 + 4" and I lift my fingers and begin to reposition but strum the next "+" without holding anything down (which would be some version of an E chord, I guess), and then I drop my fingers immediately to play the next chord.

Is this something that acoustic players do, a way beginners are taught, or is this a preferred way to play chords? I normally don't have a problem switching chords that are in close position (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc). Is it a practice concept? Seems to make everything sound folksy.
Last edited by eminentgonz at Aug 13, 2008,
#2
My teacher said this was a technique common to Bob Dylan.

I only do it if I am not quick enough to finger the next chord.
#3
It can be all three depending on the context; some songs call for a really crisp smooth chord transition and others don't but at the moment it's probably better to think of it as an exercise otherwise you may never learn to transition chords smoothly.
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My teacher said this was a technique common to Bob Dylan.

I only do it if I am not quick enough to finger the next chord.


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ya i do that when im doing choppy rhythms... but i never considered it a "technique"...

oh and where in ohio are ya?

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ya i do that when im doing choppy rhythms... but i never considered it a "technique"...

oh and where in ohio are ya?

*just hit me, isnt that the same principle with smells like teen spirit, except with power chords?
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#7
It's not something you should make a habit of - it is a valid technique and is featured in a fair few songs but it's also something people can fall back on to compensate for poor technique.
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#8
probably just a sound thing. u definitely dont need to do it but i guess some ppl just like the way it sounds.
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