Cords and finger sliding noise.

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SteveHey

Steve H

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Going through fundamentals 1 and the five cord power pack on my electric guitar, with the smaller spacing on frets finding I am having to slide fingers on strings to fit others in on cord changes, is this ok?

Just tried changing cords on my acustic and the sliding of finger makes a right racket and not a clean change...

What's the right way, remove and then replace or slide about to get more space etc.... Only started to learn guitar two months ago, just want to make sure I am doing things right and not setting bad habits in memory etc....

Steve.....

Total Beginner at 51, looking to master the skills needed..............

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Going through fundamentals 1 and the five cord power pack on my electric guitar, with the smaller spacing on frets finding I am having to slide fingers on strings to fit others in on cord changes, is this ok?

Just tried changing cords on my acustic and the sliding of finger makes a right racket and not a clean change...

What's the right way, remove and then replace or slide about to get more space etc.... Only started to learn guitar two months ago, just want to make sure I am doing things right and not setting bad habits in memory etc....

Steve.....

Total Beginner at 51, looking to master the skills needed..............

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Hi SteveHey,

Generally you want to make the last amount of "noise" when you're switching chords, but sometimes it cannot be helped.

Some people learn it differently, but this is one of those things that may be different from player to player and song to song. I think it's maybe a little better to lift your fingers off the strings to switch between chords and bar chords, but it may be more difficult since the lift can sometimes make noise. Though, if you slide from one chord to the next, you'll also get a bit of noise as well.

Either way, there's no wrong way to do it.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

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Hi SteveHey,

Generally you want to make the last amount of "noise" when you're switching chords, but sometimes it cannot be helped.

Some people learn it differently, but this is one of those things that may be different from player to player and song to song. I think it's maybe a little better to lift your fingers off the strings to switch between chords and bar chords, but it may be more difficult since the lift can sometimes make noise. Though, if you slide from one chord to the next, you'll also get a bit of noise as well.

Either way, there's no wrong way to do it.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

Dave-H

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Originally Posted by: SteveHey

Going through fundamentals 1 and the five cord power pack on my electric guitar, with the smaller spacing on frets finding I am having to slide fingers on strings to fit others in on cord changes, is this ok?

Just tried changing cords on my acustic and the sliding of finger makes a right racket and not a clean change...

What's the right way, remove and then replace or slide about to get more space etc.... Only started to learn guitar two months ago, just want to make sure I am doing things right and not setting bad habits in memory etc....

As you listen to recorded music, you will often hear the "pros" sliding between chords. Sometimes those chords slides become a signature of the piece. I have been watching a lot of Rob Chapman videos. He is the CEO of Chapman Guitars and a professional musician, and you would be very suprised at how often you hear him slide chords.

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Originally Posted by: SteveHey

Going through fundamentals 1 and the five cord power pack on my electric guitar, with the smaller spacing on frets finding I am having to slide fingers on strings to fit others in on cord changes, is this ok?

Just tried changing cords on my acustic and the sliding of finger makes a right racket and not a clean change...

What's the right way, remove and then replace or slide about to get more space etc.... Only started to learn guitar two months ago, just want to make sure I am doing things right and not setting bad habits in memory etc....

As you listen to recorded music, you will often hear the "pros" sliding between chords. Sometimes those chords slides become a signature of the piece. I have been watching a lot of Rob Chapman videos. He is the CEO of Chapman Guitars and a professional musician, and you would be very suprised at how often you hear him slide chords.

SteveHey

Steve H

Joined: 07/29/19

Posts: 8

Thanks for the advice, will try and get as clean as can, but won't stress too much if it sounds ok.....

Steve.....

Total Beginner at 51, looking to master the skills needed..............

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Thanks for the advice, will try and get as clean as can, but won't stress too much if it sounds ok.....

Steve.....

Total Beginner at 51, looking to master the skills needed..............