This is a simple exercise that you can do for about 1 minute. It can easily be fit into anyone’s practice or warmup schedule. You will need a metronome and two chords that will challenge you a little.
How to Practice Chord Changes
- Choose two chords to practice.
- Set your metronome to your target number of beats per minute (bpm). I recommend starting at 60 bpm, which will click every second. If that is too fast, slow it down to 40bpm.
- On a click, play the first chord
- On the next click, play the second chord
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for one minute
I know this one isn’t complicated, but it works. One minute a day with challenging chord changes can help you a lot.
- If you read my article on practicing, you’ll know that you should choose a chord changes and tempo that challenges you without being too challenging.
- If you can’t keep up, slow it down by 20bpm. If you still can’t keep up, practice playing the same chord but re-gripping it every time.
- If you mastered it at this tempo, speed it up by 20bpm during your next practice session.
- I don’t recommend increasing speed for the same chord change in the same day. You will train your body better by waiting a day to let the success sink in over night. Feel free to try a different chord change though.
- In general, I prefer learning new changes to practicing beyond 120bpm.
- If you’re not striking all the chord notes properly every time, you haven’t mastered the change at that tempo.