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How to Learn Guitar Chord Transitions in 4 Easy Steps


Chord Transitions: The Guide Technique

Using the pivot finger technique reduces the time it takes to switch between chords with common notes - but what happens when two chords have no note in common? In this scenario, the guide technique is your best bet. This technique uses one finger as a leading point, or guide, for other fingers to follow. For example, moving from a D7 to a G chord becomes much less difficult when you use your third finger to guide the rest of your fingers al­ong the fingerboard.