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Offline smagnus89

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How am I supposed to play the songs with 2 chords on a bar?
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:02:07 pm »
It's like playing double the BPM and it seems like I can't even strum that fast on the same chord, let alone switching chords. :o Am I doing something wrong, or I just should keep practicing it? It seems like these songs are mixed with songs with just 1 chord per bar at the same beginners level, but they impossible to play compared to the regular ones.

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Re: How am I supposed to play the songs with 2 chords on a bar?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 06:12:01 pm »
Can you change chords cleanly at the end of a bar? There's not really any difference.

If you find it difficult, and nearly everyone does at first, slow down. No use playing fast and wrong.

Are you using a metronome?

Are you doing the one minute changes for each stage?

Are there any chords in particular that you're having problems with?

<edit> I just noticed this is about the app.. I haven't used it, so the above might be just plain wrong :)
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Re: How am I supposed to play the songs with 2 chords on a bar?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 07:42:09 pm »
It's like playing double the BPM and it seems like I can't even strum that fast on the same chord, let alone switching chords. :o Am I doing something wrong

You don't change the bpm or strumming.
If you are doing 1 down strum per bar the I guess you might feel like your doubling bpm and
strumming but you're not.
4 beats per bar 4/4   1 2 3 4 is the count. One chord is Chord 2 3 4.
2 chords is Chord 2 Chord 4 or strum 2 strum 4 count is still 1 2 3 4

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Re: How am I supposed to play the songs with 2 chords on a bar?
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 12:52:29 am »
Smagnus

Be good to know what you're are trying to play at the moment and what stage you are at. No disrespect but I assume you're starting the BC. Difficult to anticipate your question but I guess you are referring to a bar that contains more then one chord. Well this is were counting/foot tapping the beat helps a lot. If you have a bar with two chords and assuming they are equally spread, on beat 1 and 2 of the bar you play one chord and for beats 3 and 4 you play another. So for example for an Am to G transition, and counting the beats 1 2 3 4, you play Am on beats 1 and 2  and teh G on 3 and 4. So while foot tapping or counting you go Am Am  G G ie 1 2 3 4.

That may answer your question but you may have to consider 3 or 4 chords per bar.
For example playing 8th or 16th and involve some quick changes but for now keep it simple.
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