How to Learn Guitar Chord Transitions in 4 Easy Steps

Bob Dylan at Willie Nelson and Friends: Outlaws & Angels
Bob Dylan at Willie Nelson and Friends: Outlaws & Angels
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­Let's assume you're ready for rock stardom. You've financed the world tour, grabbed the groupies and printed the t-shirts. Now you just have to learn to play an instrument. How about guitar?

­You've probably played around with a guitar in the past, and may remember a few nice riffs or some basic chords. Aside from being an essential part of every rock band i­n history, this instrument is lightweight, versatile and suitable for almost any musical genre. Like a piano, a guitar can produce both single notes and harm­onized chords. Although the combination of six strings and a neck full of frets producing these notes can be intimidating, don't despair. Learning to play is easier than you might think. Many popular, classic songs are composed of just three chords arranged in a catchy way. Assuming you already know a few chords, the next step on the road to becoming the new Jimi Hendrix is to string them together.

Building on your basic knowledge, this four-part tutorial from iVideosongs will teach you how chord transitions work. You'll learn how guide and pivot fingers are used to produce the best-sounding notes with the least amount of effort. Whether you've mastered a few Dylan songs or never played more than a C chord, you'll be surprised how quickly a few tips can improve your playing. With practice, patience and a little help from our expert tutors, you'll be playing along in no time at all.