The most important thing to remember when playing chords is that each note in a chord must be pressed down as a unit, not separately.
Here I will give you a couple of exercises that will help you establish the habit of pressing down each chord as a unit.
- First, press down a C chord.
- Next, lift your fingers off the strings about a half-inch as a unit,
keeping the chord formation.
- Then press your fingers back down onto the strings, firmly and quickly,
keeping the formation.
- Strum the chord. If any of your fingers miss the proper position in
the chord, correct them and repeat the drill.
When you feel comfortable with the C chord, do the same exercise with
the A, G, E, and D chord positions.
Now we’ll practice the press down exercise while changing chords.
- Start with C, lift, and press down the A chord.
- Release, then press down the G chord.
- Release, then press down the E chord.
- Release, then press down the D chord.
Keep it slow and practice any mistakes as you go along.