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BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« on: June 03, 2009, 12:38:35 pm »
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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 03:59:33 pm »
When I change chords I find it easier in most cases to put down my fingers one at a time (the one exception is E-AM where all my finders move together). Is this a bad practice?

Try as I might I am unable to move all three fingers  to corresponding strings simultaneously.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 05:38:01 pm »
Keep following the course, Justin comes to showing you how to do "Air Changes" in Stage 5 and "Forcing the Changes" in Stage 4.

I would recommend that you keep to the course structure and practice schedules and try not to jump to the next level too soon.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011, 04:57:27 am »
I am not jumping ahead. I am in stage 2 after completing stage 1 to a reasonable level of comfort. I am able to get about 30-40 changes a min for all stage 1 chord changes and play 3 little birds with pauses. My question is

Does it matter that I place my fingers one at a time on the stings? Will that hold me back from improving my chord change speed? Should I consciously try to place all fingers together?

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 09:03:00 am »
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Is this a bad practice?

Sorry, didn't address that question in my answer. No, it is not considered bad practice.

As your muscle memory grows, by doing things repetitively, you will find that the changes will become easier. Like most things in life, when you first start to do them, you have to think about it and then all of a sudden, it becomes automatic.

That is why Justin only addresses starting to use air changes later in the course.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 09:23:53 am »
Keep at it, you will get to higher speeds soon. I noticed that the improvements seem to come in jumps. You may be at 15-20 changes for 2 weeks and suddenly get to 40s in a day. The key for me is to be really focused while practicing and practice regularly (30-40 mins a day).

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011, 04:38:19 pm »
Keep trying changes at a pace where the fingers at least land correctly even if the strumming sounds off - that is what I think Justin says in the video.

Keep at it - sometimes you will feel like you are stuck and a couple of days later your speed will suddenly go up.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011, 10:10:50 pm »
Hi Everyone

I picked up a guitar for the first time one week ago today and started the beginners course a couple of days later. I'm in my mid forties so I appreciate the learning curve will be steeper (and probably harder) for me than a youngster :-)

Having worked up to chord changes on chords A, D and E (practising about 1/2 hour per day), I tried my first 1 minute changes tonight and achieved 37, 36 and 37. This surprised me as I didnt expect to get anywhere near that so I am really pleased with my progress so far  ;D  ;D

Now my question - Is it better to keep on with these 3 chords until I can consistently achieve 60 before I move onto adding the next chords (Amin, Dmin and Emin) or should I go for it and keep going back to the 1 minute changes to increase the number.

I am in no particular rush to get through the course, just want to make sure everything I'm learning sticks and becomes second nature.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 08:02:50 am »
If you're already doing 37, I'd say move on to the next section, nothing to stop you still practicing those ones as well though (46 here, only been playing for 4 months, there are quite a few of us "older" newbies on here, so you're not alone ;D)

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 01:01:11 am »
Hi I just started the 1 minute chord changes and I was wondering it is okay to be looking at my fingers to see where to go and after how long should I not be looking at my fingers for the changes? Thanks!

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2011, 01:19:18 am »
I'm finding this to be a great drill and have seen some improvement in the week I've been at it, especially with D-A-D...  I noticed however that I've got a tendency to drag my anchor finger (in this case finger 1) on the third string rather than coming right off it and thus creating that weird squeal/squelch noise.  I'm thinking this is bad form but need confirmation.  Should I worry about it now and consciously make the effort to not drag?

And if anyone knows what the 'technical' term is for that noise, please let me know. ;)

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2011, 08:11:03 am »
Well, not surprisingly that's called "finger noise" (at least I wouldn't know any other term). And it's rather normal. You should definitely leave the finger in place for a change from A to D and back, just try to move the finger as little as possible.

There are a few tricks to lessen or avoid finger noise (coated strings, various "fluids", etc.), but quite frankly I wouldn't bother with that just now. Keep practicing, and in time the noise will probably lessen all by itself (some things have a tendency to sort themselves out).

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2011, 09:11:49 pm »
Hi,

So, I'm on the one-minute chord changes lesson. I can see that it's going to take me weeks (or months?) to get to the 60 changes per minute that Justin advises.

In that time, should I stay put at this lesson or look at some lessons following it?  Because, right now,my nightly practice is still just doing the chord changes, but, as I said, I think this could potentially take many weeks or months. Should I just sit at lesson BC 115 during this time?

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2011, 10:19:26 pm »
If you understand the lesson and keep it in your practice routine, I would continue on. 

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012, 12:32:39 am »
Hello all,
I've given up on guitar a few times in the past.  Reading this website made things kinda click for me.
I started stage 1 yesterday and am really working on my chord changes.  I'm doing between 16 - 20/minute for each, some mistakes in there.
My thing is I make a rough noise sometimes when my fingers leave the strings to change chords.  Any tips on getting rid of this?

I ordered the Beginner Song book and can't wait to get a crack at the songs!

Cheers!

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2012, 12:56:13 am »
I am guessing you are referring to the open strings ringing out when you take the fretting hand from the strings to change chords because your fingertips get 'sticky' on the strings...if that is the case, I'd not worry about it as I had the same problem too...it wont be too much of an issue once your calluses get tough...also, you could try pressing a bit lighter...you only need to press as hard as it takes to produce a clear note, no harder...

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2012, 07:34:15 am »
Make sure that you lift the fingers off (upwards from the fingerboard) and you don't flick them off (sideways), which would make the open string ring out somewhat. The rest comes in time. My fingers learned how to lift off quietly all by themselves ;)

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2012, 09:56:41 am »
Hi all-I'm having some hand cramps when I move from A to E.  When I go to move my second finger up, the other fingers start to cramp up and as a result this is my slowest scoring 1 minute chord change.  The cramp never lasts after I move my finger and I don't notice it at any other time-am I doing something wrong or is my puny hand just trying to build muscles?  I've only been playing for a week, so maybe it's just learning to use new muscles?

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2012, 10:19:35 am »
Honestly, after one week of learning, you shouldn't even bother with measuring your speed.

Slow down. Then slow down some more. Practice the chord change very, very slowly and deliberately. Try to relax your hand. Watch how hard you press the strings down. In the beginning, most people press too hard, which can lead to weird reactions in the hand.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #19 on: February 29, 2012, 09:09:21 am »
I just started out with the beginners course, though I have been playing on & off for 1/2 year so for me the first chords is great repetition. But I have a question regarding these 1min chord changes.

How often should we be doing them? I was thinking once pr. training session for each chord change. Currently (@ 3 chords) I would be doing 3 1 minutes changes a day / training session. Does this sound ok?

I got above 50 chord changes on my first run-through (counting every chord). Not every chord was 100% perfect, but it sounds ok! And after all, the point was to move fast right? I need to work a bit on my strumming though, can't find a good technique. Right now I am using only my thumb, which I'm guessing is not the way to do it  :D

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #20 on: February 29, 2012, 07:45:37 pm »
Hi mtangen,

Justin puts a practice schedule at the end of each stage - for example:

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BC-119-PRACTICEstage1.php

What you've suggested is what he recommends, so no problem there.

Justin holds back on teaching strumming until your chord changes are happenning quite quickly, so you get a clear run at developing a solid rhythm without having the distraction of trying to learn chords at the same time. You need a little patience to do it this way, but it will be worth it. Rhythm is *the* most important part of playing.

Strumming with your thumb is OK, but you might want to get a pick.

If you're hitting 50 changes, then move on - practice what you can't do, not what you can :)

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2012, 03:21:01 am »
Hi all-I'm having some hand cramps when I move from A to E.  When I go to move my second finger up, the other fingers start to cramp up and as a result this is my slowest scoring 1 minute chord change.

Are you by any chance trying to play Justin's D7 form on the A chord? I tried playing that for a while but had to stop because it made my hand cramp up horribly. At first I found it was actually easier to finger than the regular A because it spread my fingers out more. But ultimately doing the regular fingering (4 on B, 3 on G, 2 on D) easier on my hand. That said, I think lots of people find A the hardest chord to finger, and if you've only been playing for a week then I think you've probably got a ways to go.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2012, 11:57:32 pm »
I started playing about 6 weeks ago and I am in the middle of stage 3. I'm just curious to know from people who have completed the beginner's course: how long did it take to complete the entire beginner's course. I practice about 30 - 45 min per day and I think I am going along at a fair pace. I am trying to set a challenging, but doable goal for myself and I would like to get some ideas as to how to set it. Thanks!

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2012, 12:04:40 am »
I practiced about the same omount as you, and it took me about 6 months, I think.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2012, 02:19:20 am »
I'm a tad confused about 1 minute changes' proficiency'. I count each single chord strummed as 1, so C1, G2, C3... etc. In the vids, Justin says target 60 - even really thumping along on my easy (finger anchor) chords I'm only getting into the 50s. For most chords up to stage 3, I'd be in the 30s.

But I still stumble on a couple of the songs, which I saw is also acceptable.

So where are you deemed proficient enough to move on, and add stuff to your practice repertoire? I'm in no hurry, I want to learn the basics as well as I can without skipping, but getting into the 60s with all chords so far is going to take a looong time. I'm currently managing about a hour or more a day, but usually broken into 2 sessions.

 

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