When practicing chord changes, you don’t have to spend all your time pressing the strings down.
Of course, you must learn to make a good sound with each chord, and to do that, you have to invest effort in squeezing each chord firmly. However, this can be extremely fatiguing for new guitarists, especially acoustic players. Plus it hurts!
Instead, try the “light finger” approach.
Spend some time just laying your fingers lightly on the strings and moving from chord to chord without adding pressure. This will not only give you a pain-free way to practice the movements and hand positions, but it will also help you to feel the difference between “firm finger” and “light finger”, which is invaluable for late-beginner techniques such as left hand muting.
Giving credit where credit is due, I first learned this idea from guitar instructor, Jamie Andreas. And it is a great concept to apply to the material in my lesson, The Definitive Lesson: Chord Changing Strategies, Part 1. If you haven’t already checked it out, follow the link!
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