How to play difficult chords

In the session 7 Feb we tried to get through the bridge of Neil Sedaka’s Breaking up is hard to do.  that sequence of chords:

Gm7, C7, Gm7, C7, F, Fmaj7, Dm, Fmaj7, Fm, Bb, Fm, Bb, Eb, D7

So a few new chords for many, individually using the chord diagrams its not too bad. But if you are struggling you will have to break down into

  1. can I play the chords on their own
  2. can I transition between the chords.

A method James Hill uses is to help get that muscle memory going on a chord

  • Using a count of 8
  • count 1 play the chord
  • count 2 tap the body of the uku with the left hand
  • count 3-8 move hand back ready to play the chord on the next 1 count
  • count 1 play chord
  • count 2 tap uku
  • count 3 tap uku
  • count 4-8 move hand back ready to play the chord on the next 1 count
  • Count 1 play chord
  • count 2 tap uku
  • count 3 tap uku
  • count 4 tap uku
  • counts 5-8 move hand back ready to play the chord on the next 1 count

You get the jist, keep adding an extra tap on each 8 count cycle so you have less and less  time to find the chord. You can do this at any speed you like, maybe very slow when starting.

 

So now you have the chord down you can work slowly on the transition between the chords, more often than not you can leave a finger or two on a fret so you only have to move 1 or two fingers to get to the next chord. sometimes there is no option but to lift all fingers and hit the next chord but efficiency in movement means speedy transition.

 

 

 

 

 

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