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Old 05-18-2017, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Strumming Chord Changes... The Bad Sound

Okay, so I am playing a strum version of "Let It Be". I have the chord progressions down as far as what comes next and making that chord sound clear except for the first strum. The only thing is I change from one chord to the next and there is still sound coming from the chord I just passed. Any ideas on how to remedy this? I am watching the video, many videos, the guys are stopping the sound of the chord strummed with their hands/fingers by muting. It just flows into the next chord. So, how does sound ring from the previous chord and blend in with the next chord when different string are being pressed down? Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:28 AM   #2
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Okay, so I am playing a strum version of "Let It Be". I have the chord progressions down as far as what comes next and making that chord sound clear except for the first strum. The only thing is I change from one chord to the next and there is still sound coming from the chord I just passed. Any ideas on how to remedy this? I am watching the video, many videos, the guys are stopping the sound of the chord strummed with their hands/fingers by muting. It just flows into the next chord. So, how does sound ring from the previous chord and blend in with the next chord when different string are being pressed down? Thanks.
Palm mute, perhaps?

https://www.justinguitar.com/en/BC-1...rdPalmMute.php
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:01 AM   #3
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Nah..more like ringing from the previous chord. I am playing Let It Be for example. When I switch from say the D to E minor, some strings from D are still ringing on the chord change.
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Nah..more like ringing from the previous chord. I am playing Let It Be for example. When I switch from say the D to E minor, some strings from D are still ringing on the chord change.
A lot of people do that and it's normal but what you may be hearing is a slight ringing of open strings while you get to the next chord. If that is what is happening it's not a bad thing.
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There should not be a period of complete silence between chord changes unless this is the way the song was written & intended to be played. If you are playing at a fair speed & changing chords smoothly, the music just flows & you will hears some of the last chord as you strum the new chord. Like Cobalt said, this is normal.

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Old 05-22-2017, 01:56 PM   #6
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Oh my goodness. You have no idea what you are asking for. Ha ha. If I played something for you, your ears would bleed. But okay. Have a busy week at work, but I will get something up for you all.

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I was going to take a look at John Lennon strumming the chords in the original recording video but can't find it anywhere??? Pretty sure it used to be available. If I recall he strummed it without palm muting.

....OK never mind. I was thinking of Hey Jude where you can clearly see John strumming.

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k-d-s its like riding a bike: you don't pause to think about it, it only makes sense if you just keep moving forward. The transition from one chord to another is not meant to be clean, unless the musical notation tells you there is a mute.
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Are you strumming all the strings? You don't have to.
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