Q: I have some experience with the guitar and chords. However, I cannot completely go through all the major chords naturally progressing from one to another without a little bit of delay. In other words, I can't switch very fast. Also, sometimes I miss a string or don't get the finger position quite right and the string "twangs." Do you have any practice tips to help me through the beginning stages? I've tried to play for a number of years but give up because I get frustrated with my progress.
A: Patience, Patience, Patience........Guitar is a very hard instrument to master and I've seen many students with incredible potential quit before they gave it a fair chance.
Repetition is the key to getting your chord changes faster and sounding better. Try to get a firm grasp of the chords but if they aren't completely perfect don't beat your self up, your going to be using these chords to play MANY songs and you will improve with time. After you master a few chords try to use them in a chord progression, this will make the process a lot more fun!!
Diversify your practice time...do 15 minutes of chords, 15 minutes of exercises, then play so fun things like songs and riffs. Mix up the things you do each day one day scales the next lead techniques and so on.
With a little motivation and a lot of practice you'll be rippin up those strings!!!!
Hope this helps
Yours in Music
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