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A, D and E Chords – Easy Chord Changes Using Anchor Fingers – Beginner Guitar Lessons [BC-114]

A, D and E Chords – Easy Chord Changes Using Anchor Fingers – Beginner Guitar Lessons [BC-114]


Hi, how’re you doing? Justin here again. Hopefully, you’ve now got together your A chord,
your D chord and your E chord. Unfortunately, we’re about to hit the first very challenging part of learning the guitar which is the realisation that the hard part here is
changing between the chords. Not playing the chords. You thought that last bit was a bit tough and your fingers are sore, yeah, OK, it is, a bit,
but now the really tough part is realising you gotta change
between the chords quickly. Now, one of the reasons I taught you the A chord with this kind of not the traditional fingering is because it means that we can use the
thing that I call an “anchor finger” to change between the chords
and that’s gonna be your first finger. By leaving your first finger in contact
with the string all the time when you’re changing between the chords
kinda gives you a reference point, that means changing between all
of the chords is loads, loads easier. So, let’s go to a close-up now and
let’s have a close look at the way I’m gonna get you to use the anchor finger to change between all of the three chords
that you’ve learned already. OK, here we are for a look at our D chord. Now the first thing that we’re gonna try changing between is the D chord and the E chord. ’cause this really shows the anchor
finger nice and clearly. So, there’s our regular D chord. Now, in the old days, you might have gone
“OK, let’s change to an E chord.” And you would have lifted all your fingers up
and then you would have tried to put them down again gone like this “First finger, second finger, third finger,
uh there we go” And then changing back to D and you’d go
“Whoa, OK, where does it go? Um, yeah, that’s how we do it” But now, what I’m suggesting is,
that to change from D chord to E chord there’s your D, you lift off your second and third fingers, but leave your first finger down and instead slide it back one fret and then put down your other two fingers. So it kinda already gives you a bit of guidance there. It’s the way your second
and third fingers are gonna go. To change back to D, you lift them up,
the first finger forward and put the other two back down again. Lift them off, slide it back, put it down. And what I’d recommend you do, is a little exercise before we do get to next lesson, which is about how to do this really quickly, you practice just doing strumming your D chord [plays] and then off, slide back, two fingers down, E chord [plays]. You just lift the fingers off, slide forward and D [plays]. Just try and get used to that idea that
that first finger is guiding your change. So D to E, pretty obvious there.
Two fingers off, slide back, two fingers back down, two fingers off, slide up, put them back down! Piece of cake! Now, the next chord that we’re gonna look at
is the change from D to A. Now if you go from D to A, the first finger is actually staying in exactly the same place. Only it can’t quite because you
end up getting a bit crammed. So what we are going for this time is D to A. You lift off the two fingers,
first finger slides back just a tiny bit. It’s not having to slide back a whole lot and then you can replace those
second and third fingers in their right spot for the A chord. So, there’s your D and there’s your A. There’s your D. The first finger’s just moving
just a few millimetres. sliding up a little bit for the D, then those off,
first finger just to touch back ’cause remember it’s got to stay in the same fret
and there you go. That’s your change there using an
anchor finger from D to A. And there’s one more change left,
of course, which is A to E. So if you look, there’s our A chord
to change to E lift off second and third fingers, slide the first finger back, put second/third fingers
down in their right place. there’s your E chord. Slide first finger forward a bit,
put down your second and third fingers again. Do it as an exercise: A [plays], stop, lift off, shift, down [plays] E. Muted, lift off the fingers, first finger up,
put them back down again. And just try and get used to that practising,
making that little move. Then maybe jump to D, back to E
and then to A or maybe over to D. And just see if you can get used to that idea of that first finger staying down all the time. You will find that if you can get this
anchor technique down properly and it will really, really work for you and it will speed up probably double the speed that you can play those chord changes,
once you’ve given it a little bit of practice. Remember as well not to press too hard,
especially with that first finger. If you’re pressing really hard all the time,
your first finger is gonna get really sore. You don’t want that. The maximum pressure that you should
put down is the amount that it takes to give you a nice clear note. There’s note point in pressing hard.
All you gonna do is hurt your fingers. So, have a little bit of fun with this anchoring. Once you are familiar with the movement and the changes between each of the chords you’re ready to start trying to do them as fast as you possibly can in “1 Minute Changes”.

100 thoughts on “A, D and E Chords – Easy Chord Changes Using Anchor Fingers – Beginner Guitar Lessons [BC-114]

  1. I love the way your lessons are structured. I sang in bands for years and never bothered playing as all the lessons I tried or "tuition" books bored me to death. I've got further on your first few lessons than ever before, and actually enjoying practicing the chords. I'm doing the open E scale to make my fingers get used to movement,stretching (not much stretching on opening E I know, but it is useful for left hand, right hand coordination) etc and I'm not bored at all as I see a use for what your teaching. Keep up the great lessons Justin.

  2. Finally…someone who actually knows how to play an A chord… thank you.. put some extra light Elixer strings on your guitars and spend the money on a setup…and your fingers won’t hurt!!

  3. Wow, I never thought about anchoring the index finger for these chords.
    This made my chord change faster and accurate. Thank you!

  4. You are a great teacher, most of these video they go way to fast, and I can't understand what they say.

  5. Thanks a ton Justin bro… I just got a guitar 4days back… and searching how to learn… yesterday I came across Ur videos… it's amazing man…
    learned D-E-A chords…
    need to hv some finishing… which will be done in next 2-3days, I think so.. thank u very very very much dear👍

  6. Im really really thankful and all but the screeching sound when he moved his 1st finger through the string killed me.

  7. Man, this guy is "THE BEST GUITAR∆ TEACHER IN THE WORLD!"… I've been playing guitar for 4 years? And I've never had any lessons or understood much theory, OBVIOUSLY I've picked up bits & prices through the years. (Different people, videos on you tube n mostly ROCKSMITH)/ BUT this is so good, to FINALLY HAVE SOME LESSONS IN ORDER, to learn how to CORRECTLY do things, each note standing out, n correct form etc… This man COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS Where his student is at. And doesn't, show off , play too fast for us, nor talk a high school level to a primary school learner, HES JUST PERFECT, And I KNOW THIS WILL HELP ME TREMENDOUSLY With correct technique and understanding .
    THANKYOU SO MUCH JUSTIN../ I APPRECIATE YOU SOO MUCH! THANK YOU!

  8. I'm strugglinf so much in strumming… I always strum all the strings in all chords huhu any tip or advice pls.?

  9. Thank you Justin you make it so easy for a beginner this is awesome ! Best method I found so far 🙂

  10. All the old comments I feel alone loll These videos have been helping alot so far…after learning all the chords and practicing switching between them this should be quite fun loll just a bit frustrating but I bet this is nothing compared to later on loll

  11. Oh justin, thanks for eveything, full videos with full definitions, all in one! Thanks for making this still available in 2018! Thank you!

  12. I just turned 35 and decided that it was time I learned a fun new hobby. Thank you very much for helping this old dog learn new tricks!

  13. Starting 1 week ago , casual practice and all it's good.I'll come with an update after 1-2 years ,lol 😀

  14. Had a guitar in my room for like years every time I’d try to learn something I get so frustrated and confused I just give up ! But this channel and your guide videos were THE ONE I mean you’re being very patient starting from scratch taking it step by step. Clear demonstrations and simple tips and hacks. I actually enjoy learning it now thank you

    You are a god marry me

  15. Great Read Resonates and Thank You!
    Oh my, I been dealing with Bullies who constantly harass me and destroy my community street artworks, it's was all lighted u and the Bullies cut all the lights in pieces during the night, they are night stalkers… I do understand by the way they attack it's not about me it's about their own Toxic Negative Evil Dark Energy! I am a creative artist and I create out of love and passion. Presently, I am creating a new community art theme and so many people stop by to thank me for giving our community a beautiful unique scenery… Thank You for your Wise Words it feels really good to confirm I am on the right path a Beautiful Journey! I do get recognition but I don't expect any of it because creating artworks is fun, fun, fun…

  16. why are every tutorial vids so hard for me, even the easist ones are hard… i'm frustadedddddd i think guitars are not for me i've been watching every tutorial but nope still dumb at guitars

  17. u are a great teacher that teaches everything in guitar . you clear all the doubts that no one clears .thanku sir

  18. Inhereited my freinds old guitar as he is moving away. Been following your tutorials the last few days. bout an hour or two practice/trial and error a day. Got to moving my finger along the string. Couldn't help but laugh at how much that hurt.

  19. You are such a good teacher !! I got my first guitar 4 days ago and I tried to learn on Youtube WITH FRENCH VIDEOS because I am french but I did not understand anything. So as I am fluent in English I tried to learn guitar in english and it's much easier to understand you than french people… thank you 🙂

  20. Been playing guitar since I was a teenager, but recently had a hard time learning newer faster songs cause my hand would end a song writhing in pain. Decided I needed to refine my technique since clearly I've been making things harder on my self for a while. Since my fingers are all calloused already, had no problem getting through these vids quickly and boy it makes a world of difference, follow what he says and apply this to what works for you and you'll be playing comfortably.

  21. I can't get this! I'm re learning haven't played in about 10 years but my brain wants me to use the traditional way

  22. What is so amazing to me is that yesterday, this was impossible for me. Revisiting today, I can change chords, and not too poorly. 24 hours made a difference.

  23. @JustinGuitar Hi, I greately appreciate your course and I would love to progress in it much further but I am afraid I can't do so…

    I am stuck at this level of basic 3-7 chords A,E,D – and combinations thereof + C, G, D minor, A minor without changes. I experience sharp pain in my left wrist after playing guitar for even 7-10 mins that subsides shortly after I stop playing. I tried raising guitar neck slightly higher but it does not help much. When I try to square my wrist so that it is more perpendicular to guitar neck, It is near impossible to play even basic D note without flexing without pushing REALLY hard your ring finger, as it barely wants to seperate from index).

    I have barely just begun and I have no idea how you can monitor your technique by yourself, especially when it concerns such details. I have no idea what could be causing it. If it is because my hand is not square enough, I can consciously work on that, but unfortunatly it will most certainly cause me to lose any progress or even ability to play notes (

    Is there anyting I can do about it? I hear many guitar players actually struggle with wrist pain, so maybe it is something that you have experience with?

    I have no idea how people learn to play guitar by themselves really. Like most skills, not counting talent and natural aptitude, you probably can't get far without a mentor who can point out your flaws in your technique and work on your bad habits. SO much effort and time can be wasted learning habits and developing muscle memory that will later need to be PAINFULLY retrained that it is extremely daunting. You could be practicing terrible technique for months and not knowing why you cannot progress.

  24. Justin….thanks for your easy to follow along lessons. Got my guitar in Dec. and I'm just slowly moving forward…I love the anchor point that enables me to make these 3 chords more seamlessly!

  25. I use a different "anchor finger" concept: when playing open chords in Standard Tuning, first finger stays over the first fret. If there are no first-fret notes, the first finger stays there anyway, leaving other fingers for other duties. The second finger generally takes the lowest second-fret notes. The third finger takes the lowest third fret notes or higher second-fret notes. The pinkie takes the highest third-fret notes, if any, or fills on on the highest second-fret note if needed (as with a x-2-1-2-0-2 B7 chord). Giving the fingers roles like that greatly reduces the extent to which they need to cross paths. Transitions between G and G7, or D and D7, become very easy because one need merely lift up the pinkie and drop the index finger (which can be hovering over its correct spot on the first or second string).

  26. Thank you for being simple yet thorough in your teaching style and providing practice techniques to work on. Happy to have abandoned Yousician and found you.

  27. I'm in love with these free video guitar lessons, just brought justinguitar beginners course book and it's given me the enthusiasm to really learn albeit with persistence from my guitar obsessed partner. Thank you Justin I don't know what I would do without these lessons x

  28. *googles: how long does it take for my fingers to stop hurting with guitar*
    "It can take several months for your fingertips to harden…."
    Well, shit.

  29. I have a question I'm just a beginner and why is your "A" different from the "A" that my teacher taught me?

  30. Thank you Justin. Probably the simplest technique to learn the basic guitar chords. All the credit to you!!

  31. i was sort of already doing it…? lol

    i guess my brain picked up on “why tf would you lift up that finger just to put it down again, THAT’S A LOT OF WORK!!”

    so thanks brain, really

  32. Well All these years Ive been playing the A chord with the wrong fingering position..Thanks Justin for this technique..really will help me…

  33. your right my fingers are killing, but ive got plenty to practice with so ill be back tommorrow hopefully ready to start this part, thanks for your help i actually feel like im getting somewhere now!

  34. Hey guys,
    one question: Should i take my Anchor Finger off the Guitar a little bit while changing or just slide it. It just takes so long when the i slide my finger up while changing A to D. Am I doing something wrong? Please, help me out 🙂

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