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Strategy Four, Slide Into Position

 

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Sometimes, one of your fingers will be on the same string, though a different fret, in chord one, and in chord two.

This can be tricky to notice, since we tend to think of the chords as such separate entities.

But if you discover this relationship in the chord change you are encountering, be sure to use it to your advantage as a way of making the switch as smooth as possible.

When using this slide technique, you want to allow your finger to remain in physical contact with the string, but, release the pressure as you make the slide. Just use the string as a bannister, of sorts, to stay in touch with as you move from chord one to chord two.

Important: in some of the demonstrations in this set of lessons, I move my "slide" finger first, and pull my other fingers out of the way so that you can clearly see what I am doing.

However, that "pulling away" motion is for demonstration purposes only!

Ultimately, you always want to keep your fingers as close to the fingerboard as possible, and watch NOT to develop a habit of letting them pull away from the neck. That will only end up costing you time, and orientation, as you go.