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Anyways! :D

One of the best ways to master chord switching – and barre chords are no exception – is to use a “device” called a metronome. A metronome emits a beeping sound at regular, adjustable intervals that can be set in BPM (beats per minute). Usually this ranges from 20 beats per minute to about 300+.

Quick Point: You can buy a metronome cheaply at most music stores but in the meantime there are lots of free ones online…google it! :)

The idea behind using a metronome is to get the rhythm in your head by listening to it for a while and then to try switching chords in time with the beat. I’ll just point out now that this might turn out to be a rude awakening if you were starting to think you were all that because you can probably play your way through some songs by now. Don’t expect it to be easy but after a few tries, and maybe a few colorful words improvised on the spot :) , you’ll get the hang of switch chords in time with a consistent beat – absolutely essential if you ever want to play in a band, etc.

Before you go setting the number too high, my advice is to set the beats to the LOWEST  number and try switching in time to that first. Hopefully, this will come easy to you  - and if it doesn’t – keep at it and try not to bang your guitar on something. That MAY void the warranty :)

Once you’ve mastered a new”level” – and by “master” I mean you can play in time  with the rhythm for at least 60 seconds perfectly – you should try incrementing the number by five. This way, you’ll  make fairly quick, steady progress without over-doing yourself (which is  counter-productive…trust me!)

As I mentioned before, you can use a metronome for practicing any chord switches. That being said, I’ll take a quick moment to touch on barre chords. It’s probably best to start by practicing the switch between the same chord pair you used (assuming you followed my advice) in the previous post –  F Major and F# Major. This means you only need to worry about moving your  fingers up by a fret (as I explained) in time with beat whereas, if you’re anything like me, you fingers will jump all over the place when you’re scrambling to free your  fingers from the barre and finger an open chord in time with the beat – and then, just when you made it in the nick of time, it ticks again and you have to go back – by which time you’re about as confused as you are having read this  sentence :D In short, stick to  switching between barre chords, when using a metronome, until  it feels completely comfortable. Then, you can take a step up and go for the switches between barre and open chords!

P.S. Once you can do that in time with a fairly quick beat you’re just about ready to try playing with other people which, incidentally, is the topic of my next post…

Anyways, I’m sleepy and have class in the morning sooo…subscribe! And good night! (or whatever time it is where you are :) )