Changing Chords: Same Bass String

Now it's time to explore what it sounds and feels like when we alternate between two chords with the root note on the same string.

Let's grab our A minor chord and alternate between that and our C major chord. Now let's apply the pattern, and remember that we have our bass note on the A-string for both of these. For now we'll stick with the top three strings, like we did in the first lesson.

We'll do A minor for 2 bars, which means 4 times through the pattern. Then we'll switch to the C major chord and do that for the same length. Notice that on the last note of the A minor pattern I let go with my 3rd finger, so the G-string rings open. This gives me a comfortable amount of time to get the same finger in place for the first bass note of the C major chord, and the open G-string doesn't dramatically alter the sound of the A minor chord.

Practice this at whichever tempo feels comfortable for you- with or without the metronome. Just make sure your RH movements are minimal and that no other body parts and tensing up without you noticing. Again, if that happens it just means you're getting ahead of yourself. In that case you just need to slow down. That can be tough if you're excited, but believe me it's not fun to have to backtrack and unlearn these things later. It's better to prevent the bad habits from forming in the first place.

Anders Mouridsen
Instructor Anders Mouridsen
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