Economy of Motion is a method which can help students gain more proficiency with their timing. Many beginners find it difficult to move from one guitar chord to another without missing a beat.
It becomes apparent that a student is having trouble changing chords when there is a long pause in the music while they struggle to get to the next chord and resume playing. If this problem is not corrected, the student may continue falling behind the beat and never develop a correct sense of timing and rhythm.
That sounds pretty serious, but don’t worry. My little guitar “secret ” you will show you how to increase your speed and find it easier to change chords!
Economy of Motion is not really a “secret” and some of you may even remember me mentioning it before. But it will likely be an unfamiliar term for those who are new to the art of playing guitar. The idea basically means that less is more. In other words, if you reduce the amount of movement it takes to get from point A to point B, you will become a faster and more efficient guitar player.
Here’s how it works…
Economy Of Motion:
Notice that your 3rd finger plays the 2nd string for both the D major chord and A major chord…
Most beginners would tend to pick up all their fingers in order to move from the D to the A chord. Instead of doing this however, I want you to leave your 3rd finger on the string and just slide it from the 3rd fret to the 2nd fret.
Step By Step Instructions:
- Hold the chord D and strum FOUR beats.
- Leave your third finger down on the 2nd string as you lift your other fingers up and move to the chord A.
- Strum A four times
- Leave your third finger down on the 2nd string after the fourth beat as you lift your other fingers up and move back to the chord D in time for the first beat.
- Continue repeating the sequence in this manner .
- As it becomes easier to change chords without missing a beat, try increasing your speed.
You can apply Economy of Motion to other guitar chord changes by simply leaving your finger down on any string that is played in both the chord you’re on and the chord your moving to…
More Simple Chord Changes to Try:
G Em G – leave 1st finger down
Em C Em – leave 2nd finger down
C Am C – leave 1st & 2nd fingers down
Am D7 Am – leave 1st finger down
D7 G D7 – leave 3rd finger down
Put “Economy of Motion” into practice and you should soon see a marked improvement on your ability to change chords without missing a beat.
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