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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #30 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 #31 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 #32 on: September 30, 2011, 03:48:53 am »
Hi. Here's one trick that I've found helps me practice the 1 minute changes. Rather than setting my metronome at the speed I'm playing I set it to run faster. So if I can play the changes at 50 bpm, I might set it for 56 bpm.

At first I don't pay attention to the metronome, but as I play through the changes I begin to develop a rhythm after awhile. I think that's because even though I'm not actually playing along with the metronome, that steady click helps me to find a groove. And once I get into that groove I start picking up some speed, trying to match the metronome more closely. So rather than matching it I'm trying to catch it.

Then when it gets to where I can reliably play it a change at a particular speed I push the metronome forward and start trying to catch up to it again.

Hope that's not wholly repetitious of something someone else has posted somewheres - I'm new hear and still exploring Justin's excellent course. But I thought I'd toss that idea out in case it might help someone else.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2011, 09:20:03 am »
Just started doing my one minute changes and to my surprise I was able to do more than I expected.

Was just wondering how long it takes for an average student to get to the 60 changes in a minute ?

I know it differs from person to person, but just to have an idea ...

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #34 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 #35 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 #36 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?

Thanks.

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Re: BC-115 • 1 Minute Changes
« Reply #37 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 #38 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 #39 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 #40 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 #41 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 #42 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 #43 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 #44 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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