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> Take 2: Chords, Lesson By Ben Higgins
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post Dec 29 2014, 09:46 AM
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Original lesson: Chords by Ben Higgins

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post Dec 29 2014, 12:14 PM
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Hi man, it's sounding a bit smoother. The first few chord changes sound good but you can hear that there's some more pauses between the G and D chord at 0:19 and between the D, Am and B chord after it. As I said last time, this is normal... when you have to to move your fingers off the neck and re arrange them in a completely new position it's going to be awkward for a while.

The way you play the B chord is a little wrong. You're also catching the high E string when you strum it. Your pinky is also fretting the high E string if you look at it at 0:25 etc so this is adding a note to the chord which shouldn't be there.

Your index finger is curved at an angle which makes it difficult for you to fret the chord properly. If you look at the angle of your little finger, this is the sort of result you want when barring a chord. Try to get your index finger to emulate that sort of position. Even though the index finger is only providing the note of B on the A string, it's still good practise to let the whole finger rest over the strings even if it's not quite with the same pressure as you would use for the pinky.

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post Dec 29 2014, 06:43 PM
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Well You're very serious about practicing - that's great smile.gif Don't want to copy Ben's observations. For me the wrist is the key to fix immiediately smile.gif

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post Dec 30 2014, 08:55 AM
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Hey buddy,

I also agree with the act that your chord changing is a bit better then in the previous take, but aside Ben's observations which are to be taken into account - in respect to that chord especially - I would spend some more time on anticipating each chord position at a slow tempo. What do I mean by that? I would focus on just fretting the chord position over the backing track and strumming each chord once, so that I would be sure that I have applied a smooth shift and all the notes can be clearly heard. In that way, you will be able to focus solely on the left hand without worrying about the strumming - also, the right hand looks very rigid - this is a general issue in your playing, so please try to relax and loosen up the wrist when playing.

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