struggling with chord changes

If you ever struggle with chord changes, here’s something that will help.

I’m not going into the technical tips here, but it’s a simple practical tip.


Instead of doing what most people do, which is to try lots of random chords and bits and pieces…

…Choose one chord progression and master the changes between those chords.

Make sure the chord progression is short – ideally no more than 3 chords (4 maximum).


Focusing like this is very powerful…

Not only will it help you perfect a chord progression, the chords, and the chord changes in it…

…But once you can change chords cleanly and smoothly with one set of chords, you’ll have built up some really good muscle memory and skills.

Then other chord changes tend to get a bit faster.

After this, the “Snowball Effect” starts to take place, meaning your next set of chords and changes will get faster and faster too.


…But to start with, it’s all about that magic word I talk about a lot – focus.

Most people try to master too many things at once and never really make all that much progress.

Instead, if you struggle with chords and changing chords, focus on a very small handful, especially at first.


One of the other benefits of focusing on just one simple chord progression like this is…

It can get you playing a fun variety of different styles.

…And that’s what I cover in one of the lessons in the new Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy tutorials for the month of August.


Here you will learn one of the most popular chord progressions ever, tips on playing the chords cleanly, how to make the changes faster…

…And then the really fun part.

How to strum these chords in a 50s pop way, play them in a sophisticated modern embellished manner, jam the blues with it, fingerpick it in a ballad-esque manner, play some rock, and much more…


The video lesson (along with full TAB and notation) will be released on Monday for all members of the academy. To get it, you’ll need to join before then.

Find out more about the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy

Have a fun day of practice!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


P.S. I often say:

“The fretting hand is like the brain and the picking hand is like the soul”.


That’s because the picking hand is where a lot of the passion, joy, and power in music comes from. Of course, you need a good combination of the two hands to make this work.

This is something I talk about in this lesson too.

It’s a very powerful concept.


P.P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE. 


Logan c Hager
July 29, 2022 Reply

Looking forward to these August lessons Dan! I still struggle with chord changes but am getting better. I’m sure these lessons will help immensely!!

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