How to switch between chords faster on the guitar without having to practice for hours everyday
Do you ever have to stop and look at your hands when switching to the next chord?
Have you ever felt like your fretboard hand is clumsy and uncomfortable, and can’t quite figure out what to do?
Do you wish switching between chords was easy and automatic, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your music making or the therapy session?
You’re not alone. I’ve been teaching guitar for over ten years, and nearly every student has struggled with this. I experienced the frustration myself when I was a new guitarist. I remember how good it felt when I finally discovered pivots. Pivots are fingers that stay in the same location when you move from one chord to the next. Acknowledging them allows you to switch fluidly from one chord to another.
When I first identified and used pivots, I noticed that my playing became much easier. My fingers felt more at home and more in control on the fretboard. I didn’t have to look at my hands as much to know where I was. As I got used to this feeling, I became less and less reliant on my eyes for switching between chords even when there weren’t pivots.
I’ve seen the same thing in my students over the years. I’ve seen the expressions of relief on their faces when they realize how much easier chord transitions can be. And I’ve seen the growth that happens after pivots are mastered. Suddenly, students aren’t worried about their finger placements, and are instead focusing on strumming patterns, or responding to client behaviors. They are able to be more musical and more present in the session.
Who are my students? Most of them are music therapy students or practicing music therapists. Some have been playing guitar for a few days, and some have been playing guitar for years and years. They chose me as a guitar coach because, as a music therapist myself, I relate lessons and techniques to what they can use therapeutically in a session.
I’ve taken the process of finding and utilizing pivots, and I’ve broken it down into a step-by-step, 6-lesson course. You will see chord diagrams with pivots mapped out, as well as practice strategies and chord progressions you can use to make them automatic.
“What if I don’t have a lot of time to practice?”
The best part about this is course is that it doesn’t take an unreasonable amount of time. You can develop this muscle memory with just 20-30 minutes of practice per day: 10-15 minutes in the morning, and 10-15 minutes in the evening. You can make small changes in your playing and reap big rewards in musicality.
“I don’t even know where to start…”
This course provides you with six step-by-step lessons. You can check off the lessons as you go, so you always know where you are.
“I’m a music therapy student. Does this apply to me?”
Absolutely. These simple strategies will help you right away to feel more comfortable playing guitar. Whether you’re just starting out or are in your final practicum setting, you can start using pivots now to make your guitar playing easier.
“I already feel pretty comfortable on guitar. Will I get anything out of this?”
This is a great question. Several intermediate and advanced guitarists have used this information to inform their teaching. These are strategies you can pass along to your guitar students and music therapy clients to help them feel more successful, faster.
Imagine your fingers gliding effortlessly from one chord to the next. Imagine making eye contact with a client or student while playing a crystal clear B7 with ease. After these 6 lessons, you will be on your way to playing in open keys with much less effort, but significantly improved sound quality.
There are many guitar resources out there, so why should you choose mine?
Here is what a few people have to say:
“Having Matt as my guitar coach gave me a huge advantage throughout my internship and career. Not having to worry about my guitar skills allows me to focus more on my clinical practice and better help my clients.” Andrew Holbrook, MT-BC
“Matt taught guitar in our music therapy program for several semesters. He is an exceptionally talented teacher and musician, and he knows how to help music therapy students develop guitar accompaniment skills. Fortunately, with his Guitar Coach program, my current students can continue to benefit from his expertise. I highly recommend this program to all of my music therapy students, including those who are struggling and need additional support and practice, as well as those with solid foundational skills who can improve musicality through more advanced skills.” Mary Adamek, PhD, MT-BC (The University of Iowa)
“How to Switch Between Chords Faster is an excellent resource for music therapy students, new professionals, teachers, and anyone looking for clear, easy to follow lessons for improving open chord transitions and overall guitar playing efficiency.” Erin Ebnet, MT-BC
What is included in the “How to Switch Between Chords Faster” course?
- One eBook with 6 lessons which define pivots and go over practice strategies for making your playing more efficient in the 5 open guitar keys (A, E, C, G, D)
- Diagrams and pictures to clearly explain core concepts
- Exercises for practicing new methods of playing and transitioning between open chords
- Free updates whenever a new edition of this ebook is published
- NEW: This course now comes with a bonus songbook of specially selected songs, from a variety of eras and genres, that are perfect for practicing the techniques taught in these lessons.
How much does it cost?
This course is available right now for $14. Typically, my minimum fee for private guitar lessons starts at $75/lesson. This package includes 6 lessons and a songbook to get you going, a total value of over $300, and it’s yours today for only $14. I know, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I’m eager to provide value and get this information out to music therapists and especially music therapy students.
I guarantee 100% satisfaction with my products. If for any reason you aren’t satisfied, let me know within 60 days and you will get a full refund with no hassles, no hoops.
How do I sign up?
To purchase the course, How to Switch Between Chords Faster, click on “I want this!” below.