Chord Transition

This lesson will help you change chords much quicker for begginers and give some tips to add flavor to your playing.

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This lesson is for beginners that want some suggestions in chord knowledge and how to slide from one chord to another smoothly. In this lesson I will be teaching you how to play the G chord, C chord, D chord, Em7 chord all with two fingers. My friend Rollie, once said your skill level really comes down to the basics. If you really know your root chords and how to strum. I will also give an overview on adding the Sus4 and Sus2 elements to your playing repertoire. Remember to practice hard, you have to love what your playing. About Two Fingers? Yes, all you will need it two fingers to hold the bottom strings and just shift you other two. On normal finger positions you play the following chords like this:
G: 320003
  C: X30210
  D: XX0232
Em7: 022030
Many of us have absolutely no problem to play these. However, playing these chords isn't the problem. The real challenge for beginners is to transition them. We usually take quite a while to slide these roots. Thanks to my friend Gabe, I've come with an awesome solution. Take a look at these new chords:
Gadd9:320033
Cadd9:X32033
D: XX0323
Em7add9:022033
All you need to do is to take your ring and pinky fingers and hold both of them on the 3 fret of the 2nd and 1st string. The remaining two fingers can now hold the other fret positions. I believe this will make a big difference in your playing because a lot of the songs are use these basic chords. The chords might sound different but, it won't really change the sound. Try them on out this song called Lord Reign In Me:
G         D        C             D           G
Lord reign in me, reign in your pow'r.
          D        C                    D         Em
Over all my dreams in my darkest hour
         D         C         D     Am.
You are the Lord of all I am.
                      C           D    G
So won't you reign in me again.
*Note that all the chords remain the same way I put them even though I changed the name. Now the next part of this lesson is the Sus4 and Sus2 additions to the D chord and A chord. Please note Bryan Adam's Summer of 69 acoustic:
(A)
   Dsus  D    Dsus4 D        Dsus  D    
e|---0------2----3-----2-----0-----2----------|
b|--------------------------------------------|
g|--------------------------------------------|
d|-0-----0----0-----0--------0-----0----------|
a|--------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------------------------|

(B)
   Asus  A    Asus4 A        Asus  A    
e|--------------------------------------------|
b|---0------2----3-----2-----0-----2----------|
g|--------------------------------------------|
d|--------------------------------------------|
a|-0-----0----0-----0--------0-----0----------|
e|--------------------------------------------|
Tabbed by: spoons42 Thank you Spoons for this tab. I think you'll get the better feeling in you heard the song. However, adding the Sus's and Sus4s are all part of your feeling. Whenever you play the D or A chord during a chorus, or any part of the song that you could spice up a little. Something that you could work on once you get the hand of the Sus's is hammering the Sus's. If you do this effectively, I assure you the sound will resonate beautifully. To summarize this lesson, I hope you all will practice hard in hope of being a better guitar player. Remember its really down to the basics. Thanks for your time. Walden

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    dragonmaster224
    You know what fret its on by looking at the number on a certain string ex: e|---3--- B|---3--- G|---0--- D|---0--- A|---2--- E|---3--- That means you play a certain string on the number fret. High e on fret 3, B on fret 3, D and G are open, A on fret 2 and low E on fret 3.
    freckleface131
    hey awesome advice mann, umm do you have or know something like this in electric guitar....newbie aswell...>?
    Lenory
    Well This very hard for a beginner to understand.. Would be PERCEFT if there where pictures to
    patsfan1970
    the x's mean the strings are not played the o mean the string is open meaning played but not fretted
    Bhuggy
    freckleface131 wrote: hey awesome advice mann, umm do you have or know something like this in electric guitar....newbie aswell...>?
    electric guitar is the same as acoustic just no tone changes and such
    jordanER
    i think x's mean palm mute... electric and accoustic are similar but accoustic chords are generally harder and more complex compared to the majoridly simpler chords of their electric brethrin... and also you have to press harder on accoustics for them to sound than you do electrics, so if you need finger strength go to guitar center and practice on their accoustics, they will be glad you are there wether you're buying or just using their shop as your musical playground.
    adiayt
    jordanER wrote: i think x's mean palm mute... electric and accoustic are similar but accoustic chords are generally harder and more complex compared to the majoridly simpler chords of their electric brethrin... and also you have to press harder on accoustics for them to sound than you do electrics, so if you need finger strength go to guitar center and practice on their accoustics, they will be glad you are there wether you're buying or just using their shop as your musical playground.
    x's dont mean palm mute they mean you dont play them!!!
    cherry.apple150
    |--3-3-3-----0-0-0-----2-2-2-----0-0-0-| |--0-0-0-----1-1-1 -----3-3-3-----3-3-3-| |--0-0-0-----2-2-2 -----2-2-2-----0-0-0-| |--0-0-0-----0-0-0-----0-0-0-----2-2 -2-| |--2-2-2-----3-3-3-----x-x-x-----2-2-2-| |--3-3-3---- -x-x-x-----x-x-x-----0-0-0-| (G major) (C Major) (D Major) (Em7) the numbers meaning the fret?? like 3 is the third fret?
    jordanER
    electric guitar is the same as acoustic just no tone changes and such
    i think x's mean palm mute... electric and accoustic are similar but accoustic chords are generally harder and more complex compared to the majoridly simpler chords of their electric brethrin... and also you have to press harder on accoustics for them to sound than you do electrics, so if you need finger strength go to guitar center and practice on their accoustics, they will be glad you are there wether you're buying or just using their shop as your musical playground.
    monkeys26
    Why did you call the (320033) a Gadd9 and the (022033) an Em7add9? Those are just G and Em7 chords. Theres no 9th in either of them.
    ziggyflavel
    yah i don't understand what you have here what's this? G: 320003 C: X30210 D: XX0232 Em7: 022030
    eahilder
    nice man good for beginners and ppl who need help with chord tansitions...me
    MxIxTxS
    ziggyflavel wrote: yah i don't understand what you have here what's this? G: 320003 C: X30210 D: XX0232 Em7: 022030
    |--3-3-3-----0-0-0-----2-2-2-----0-0-0-| |--0-0-0-----1-1-1-----3-3-3-----3-3-3-| |--0-0-0-----2-2-2 -----2-2-2-----0-0-0-| |--0-0-0-----0-0-0-----0-0-0-----2-2 -2-| |--2-2-2-----3-3-3-----x-x-x-----2-2-2-| |--3-3-3---- -x-x-x-----x-x-x-----0-0-0-| (G major) (C Major) (D Major) (Em7) That may look alot easier to read for you guys. The (x) means you do not strum the string or it is muted.
    iowegan
    you've made it understandable for me,but, I got lost w/sus's4? I'm a newbie[:
    Ubique
    Thanks dude this is going to be solid. I have thick fingers and this just may help.
    talbot466
    Very helpful, I play bass but i'm getting an acoustic soon so i'll be using this guide
    jerichoswall
    MxIxTxS wrote: ziggyflavel wrote: yah i don't understand what you have here what's this? G: 320003 C: X30210 D: XX0232 Em7: 022030 |--3-3-3-----0-0-0-----2-2-2-----0-0-0-| |--0-0 -0-----1-1-1-----3-3-3-----3-3-3-| |--0-0-0-----2-2-2 -----2-2-2-----0-0-0-| |--0-0-0-----0-0-0-----0-0-0-----2-2 -2-| |--2-2-2-----3-3-3-----x-x-x-----2-2-2-| |--3-3-3---- -x-x-x-----x-x-x-----0-0-0-| (G major) (C Major) (D Major) (Em7) That may look alot easier to read for you guys. The (x) means you do not strum the string or it is muted.
    and i believe that a C is supposed to be 0-0 1-1 0-0 2-2 3-3 x-x not 100% on that but im still learning
    NckSprks
    This is pretty good for beginners, you might want to include some other transitions than just those 4 chords but it's pretty solid.