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txladykat
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txladykat
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12/28/2006 10:45 pm
Originally Posted by: dvenetian[QUOTE=txladykat]serious beginner here. I have the A-E-D chord changes down, they are easy due to the pivot finger. I have a hard time changing between G-C-D since there is no pivot finger. Any tips?

BTW, I play the chords as follows (the number representing my finger instead of fret for illustration purposes)

G:
_4__________
____________
____________
____________
_2__________
_1__________

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to chord shapes. You play the same form as I do with C and D Chords. The G chord is different from mine or maybe it's numbered incorrectly. Try your G chord using this fingering shape and see if it helps.
G:
_3________
__________
__________
__________
_1________
_2________
Using this shape emphasizes the third note (a Major chord is basically determined by the 1st note (Root), third note and fifth note). In this case the Root note is "G" (2nd finger, 6th string, open 3rd string and ring finger 1st string), the third is "B" (1st finger 5th string and open 2nd string) and the fifth is "D" (open 4th string).
When making chord changes, focus on your ring finger (start your "C" chord with Ring, Second and then Index) because it is a more natural flow with gravity and helps your fingers fall into place. Allow your fingers to follow what Nature gives. Many players fight what's natural before it becomes natural.
Let me know if this helps with your ability in those chord changes.


thanks, I will definately try it tonight! I have been trying different ways, i.e. letting index finger place first, then follow with the rest, then trying another way, and I just can't seem to find one that feels natural...I know practice is the best route, but I want to practice with what will be more efficient, rather than practiciing and learning one way, only to find out later I coulda saved a whole lotta sweat on those chord changes, and applied that sweat somewhere else, LOL. know what i mean?

thanks for the tips, I will definately try the alternate fingering and follow the ring finger.