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Will Ripley

The Secret to Changing Chords

One of the biggest issues for beginning guitarists is changing chords. It can be a source of great frustration. Join Will as he shows us his secret to changing chords that will revolutionize your playing!

Taught by Will Ripley in Rock Guitar for Beginners seriesLength: 11:42Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Lesson 28, Scene 1: (0:03) I want to show you the secret to changing chords. Ripley states that he hasn’t seen it taught this way, but that it works really well with thousands of his students.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (0:20) The whole secret to changing chords is not like this mystical thing, unfortunately. We will lift up our fingers on the final strum of the chord progression.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (0:38) In this case, we are going to play a G chord and then switch to a Cadd9. So the whole thing is, how do we seamlessly change between chords? It can really be a challenging thing, especially, when you have two chords which are really different from each other.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (0:53) In this example, we are changing between a G and a Cadd9, which is a simpler transition, compared to some other chord combinations. These chords are pretty similar, in shape and fingering (demonstration of the chord change in the video).

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (1:13) The third chord of this sequence is a D major. Switching between a Cadd9 to a D major is a fairly big change since the fingering is quite different.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (1:28) How to make these chord switches seamless? So it first, let’s just work on the strumming pattern. This is a basic strumming pattern which you will see in other songs too. This pattern is done in a style similar to John Denver, or something like that…

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (1:47) Let’s check this out (as far as the pattern is concerned)…we have down, down, down, up. The rhythm is 1, 2, 3+ (then hold through beat 4). Let’s just stop the chord right away and try this a few times.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (2:14) The whole thing is, how do we seamlessly change between chords? If we do that particular strum pattern, what you might find is that is going to sound choppy or robotic, almost.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (2:24) Let’s demonstrate the strum pattern between G and Cadd9 without lifting the fingers in time, it sounds abrupt and uneven while changing to the next chord.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (2:39) It was mentioned earlier that the secret to smoother transitioning between chords is to lift the fingers on the last strum in order to get ready for the next chord. What is the last strum, it is the upstroke or strum (usually). In this example, it is the only upstroke in this strumming pattern. Pattern is down, down, down and up.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (3:04) In regards to switching from G to Cadd9, on the last strum of the G chord, you need to lift the first two fingers (since the other two fingers will also be down on the same frets and strings for the destination chord of Cadd9).

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (3:14) In some instances, it is alright to strum open strings in transition between two chords. Other chords are a little bit easier to switch between when there are some common fingering. When we are switching between the G and Cadd9, the 3rd and 4th fingers are already down where they need to be in relation to the Cadd9 chord. In this instance, the first notes that are played are the first top couple of strings. This helps with the transition and fills the “gap”.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (3:45) When doing the upstroke/upstrum, we can take off the 1st and 2nd fingers without changing the sound all that much. Most of the time when strumming, when there is an upstroke, we are generally not as concerned about hitting the bottom bass strings, in contrast if strumming in the downward direction (starting with the bass strings first).

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (3:55) Let’s practice the transition going from G to Cadd9 with the strum pattern of down, down, down and up. Remember to lift the 1st and 2nd fingers on the last strum of the G chord before transitioning to Cadd9.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (4:12) It is hard to believe that you would live your fingers off at the same time as when you are strumming the chord, but it works in this case. Let’s slow it down using the pattern and transitioning from those two chords (please refer to the video here).

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (4:34) So repeat the pattern three times.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (4:45) Now, it’s time to transition to the D chord. This technique of lifting slightly early gives you a split second to prepare for the next chord and give your fingers what they need.

Lesson 28, Scene 1: (4:53) We are not like mechanical stamps or hydraulic presses when it comes to positioning and pressing our fingers on the fretboard to make chords. We are humans and need to work within the constraints of time. A split second is needed to get onto the next chord. We do that by simply lifting off our finger(s).

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (0:03) The G and C chords are close together as far as finger movement is concerned, but going to the D major chord is a little bit different.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (0:08) It has been stated many times in previous videos that you want to find the most economical and efficient way to move your fingers when transitioning between chords.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (0:22) First, when moving from a Cadd9 to a D chord, you want to find any notes that are the same. The 3rd finger down on the 2nd string on the 3rd fret (D note) is actually I both chords. It makes sense to leave this finger down when transitioning between the two chords. You don’t need to move the 3rd finger. This is also the case when transitioning to the G (G5) chord with this voicing: 3 x 0 0 3 3. This trick makes transitioning easier when there is an instance where a note stays the same switching between the two chords.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (1:06) In this example, we are going to hold the D chord twice as long as the other chords.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (1:13) You have probably noticed that many chord progressions and riffs of jam tracks are in groups of four. You may have heard it being said that this is the fourth time, which is signaling that we are getting ready to switch to the next part.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (1:30) A great question to ask is how many chords are in the progression of a song. This example happens to have three chords, which are: G (G5), Cadd9 and D. The way to think of it is that we need to use these chords in some kind of four bar pattern. In this case, we end up strumming the D chord twice as long as the other chords, which makes up for the fourth measure.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (1:46) Often times when you have a song or chord progression with three chords, one of the two scenarios is often present:
- A chord will be “doubled” up for two measures
- First and fourth measure contains the same chord

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (1:59) In this case, when we play the D chord, the rhythm and strum pattern will be repeated two times. The pattern again is down, down, down – up, down and will be repeated twice. At the end of the 2nd time the pattern is played for the D chord, you will lift most of your fingers (in anticipation) for the next chord, Cadd9. The progression will now be demonstrated. A discussion talking about the switch between the Cadd9 and G chord will be discussed momentarily.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (2:11) Demonstration of the chord progression from D to G.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (2:18) The secret of transitioning fluently between the D to G chord will be presented in a second. Let’s focus on moving from G, C and then to D first, then we will focus on getting back.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (2:32) Let’s try this together, while doing the strum pattern: down, down, down (switch). We will practice switching on those upstrokes, which gives you the split second you need to seamlessly switch between chords.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (2:49) Demonstration of the chord progression in 4/4 time: G Cadd9 | G Cadd9 | G Cadd9 | D ||

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (3:14) Repeat demonstration of the chord progression.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (3:34) Let’s now talk about that D to G switch. We will do the same strum pattern and will lift the fingers on the last strum, which is the up-strum. Even better, lift the 1st and 2nd fingers off at the same time you do the up-strum for the “a” of beat 2, in order to prepare for the bottom notes of the G chord. Note the rhythm is 1, 2 +a (please see the supplemental music file for more specific information about this progression played at this spot in the video). On the next downbeat of the following measure, you can then place the 1st and 2nd fingers down when starting to play the G chord.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (4:08) We’ll practice this progression (D to G) and the chord transition a couple more times (demonstration).

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (4:23) Approaching the chord switch from D to G in this way is effective especially when you have to transition quickly at a faster tempo (hear and watch example on video).

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (4:38) This is what will sound the most musical (talking about the transition between chords). Pretty much, every other chord when transitioning, you can use this technique, of “flying” the fingers right off from the fretboard, in order to get to the next chord.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (4:54) Anytime you are going from D to G, it definitely sounds better to do the following:
- Press down the pinky finger on the 3rd fret of the 1st string on the last strum (up-strum)
- At the same time, “fly” or remove the other two fingers (1st and 2nd)
- Line up and plant the 1st and 2nd fingers down on the 5th and 6th strings at the downbeat of the following measure in preparation of the G chord (remember the voicing for
G: 3 x 0 0 3 3).

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (5:08) This technique of lifting and planting certain fingers ahead of time also works when transitioning from the D chord to Cadd9, which is also a very common chord change as well.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (5:12) Demonstration of transitioning between the chords of D, Cadd9 and G.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (5:24) The secret to chord changing:
- The last strum of the chord will usually be an upstroke
- At this point, there is an opportunity to switch fingers to the next chord shape on that particular up-stroke (off-beat).
- When changing between D and G, remember to add on the pinky in preparation for the G chord on the last strum (up-beat); which is the “top” part of the G (or Cadd9) chord.

Lesson 28, Scene 2: (5:57) This is a great song/example to work on the concept of switching chords. Be sure to scroll back in the video lesson to the part where we work on the changes together. Continue to work on these three chords (G, Cadd9 and D) since they are very common and used in millions of different songs. Be able to play these chords in time (in the pocket) and also memorize them.

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Will Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians.

Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.

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Custom Chord Sheets

At JamPlay, not only can you reference our Chord Library, but you can also select any variety of chords you need to work on, and generate your own printable chord sheet.

Backing Tracks

Jam-along backing tracks give the guitarist a platform for improvising and soloing. Our backing tracks provide a wide variety of tracks from different genres of music, and serves as a great learning tool.

Interactive Games

We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

Beginners Welcome.. and Up

Unlike a lot of guitar websites and DVDs, we start our Beginner Lessons at the VERY start of the learning process, as if you just picked up a guitar for the first time.Our teaching is structured for all players.

Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.

Price Per Lesson < $0.01 $4 - $5 $30 - $50 Free
Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 126 1 – 3 1 Zillions
Interaction with Instructors Daily Webcam Sessions Weekly
Professional Instructors Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
New Lessons Daily Weekly Minutely
Structured Lessons
Learn Any Style Sorta
Track Progress
HD Video - Sometimes
Multiple Camera Angles Sometimes - Sometimes
Accurate Tabs Maybe Maybe
Scale/Chord Libraries
Custom JamTracks
Interactive Games
Learn in Sweatpants Socially Unacceptable
Gasoline Needed $0.00 $0.00 ~$4 / gallon! $0.00
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Mike H.

"I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"

I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!

Greg J.

"With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"

I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.

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