Air Changes (Guitar Lesson BC-153) Guitar for beginners Stage 5

Uploaded by JustinSandercoe on 29.07.2009

Today, I'm going to give you another little tip to help you get your chord changes faster
because that's always something people struggle with when they are learning the guitar
Now, so far I've always been telling you
that you should put your fingers down in finger order.
so putting yourfirst finger down, then your second, then your third finger,
and that's a really really good way to start getting your chords down.
It helps you remember them, it helps them get in a good position,
it's helps you get them onto the fingertips.
But it does kind of hinder you a little bit when it comes to doing the changes really quick.
So once you get up to, you know, 20 or 25 complete changes,
sorry, that's going to be 50 changes a minute in one minute changes
you really need to start looking at other techniques to help get them right up to proper speed
So, what I'm going to do now, is this.
I'm going to do some close ups of this thing I call "Air Changes".
And what the whole technique is about is forming the chord shape that you are going to
in the air, before you get to it.
So instead of having the fingers going down in finger order: one, two, three,
all of your fingers go down at the same time.
And it works with any chord, including barre chords, power chords, 7th chords, whatever.
Any type of chord, it's going to work for.
It's just a practise thing. Doing it really slowly and making sure that you get your fingers
working all at the same time.
So, let's have a little bit of a look at a close up
and I'll give you some examples of some Air Changes
So, here we are. Now, I've got a C chord down now,
and what we are going for now is a look at C to D,
which is an "all fingers change" type of change.
Now, what I'm going to do; at the moment you are probably going:
one, two, three.
And if you go back to C, you're probably going one, two, three.
Which is fine, but what I want you to try doing is this.
Now you can see that I'm lifting up all of the fingers,
then moving in the air, ready to go, and then down into the new shape.
And when we go back to C, they are all lifting up together
heading to their new shapes and down.
Now, I've done these changes hundreds of times,
so my fingers are fairly sure of where they have to go and I can move them evenly at the same time.
But you'll probably find doing what I'm doing now, really difficult. But that's good.
Because you've got to learn to do it.
Here we go, going to the G chord, and back to C.
You see the way the chord is formed in the air.
There's the G. It's there and now I'm just pressing it down.
If I go to A minor, here we go, there's the chord, and down.
To E is a really easy example because the chord shape stays the same, right?
But if we went from E to C, here we go, they are all down.
Back to G. And just pick... The idea here, you could do what I'm doing now,
just like literally doing any chord you like, and changing from one to another chord.
And trying to work on getting the fingers all to go at the same time.
It doesn't really matter. You can do it like this,
or you can just do: pick on one particular change - C to G is always a good one,
that's a difficult one for most people, and just sit down and try and get the fingers going.
Just doing it slowly like this is quite important. Don't worry about trying to do it fast.
Once you can do it, the speed will just start to happen and you will find that this is the difference.
Once you start looking at the different speed changes
You can see that it becomes really, pretty straight forward.
It's almost bouncy between the different chord shapes.
You just have to know which one you are getting to.
Just then when I was trying to do random ones all the time,
I kept on forgetting, not thinking of what shape I might go to
So this little exercise is called "Air Changes".
You can either incorporate it as part of your One Minute Changes on a specific pair of chords,
or just spend five minutes just working on doing
"this change, to that change", "this chord, to that chord, to that chord"
and just looking at trying to get all the fingers to form "in the air" before they go down.
Get them all moving at the same time so that you don't have to get stuck
with this "one, two, three, four", if you're going to use it each time that you are making a chord change
Because that will really slow you down.
So, I hope that helps you speed up your chord changes.
Next, we are going to have a look at the One Minute Changes for this stage. See you in a sec.