Articles, Blog

Change Chords FASTER on Guitar – Beginners Lesson 3

November 14, 2019

Hi guys. In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to change between our first two chords which are the E major and A major. and these are the first two chords we wanna learn before we learn your first song. So this is our first chord – the E major. And this is our second chord – the way that I would prefer you to do it – the A major. But we do also have this option. That’s a totally valid A chord. However, if you’re finding the changes a struggle, with this method we can keep our first finger down and slide it to the second fret and then it’s already in the correct place and we didn’t have to lift it off to go for that second chord. And again, it just prevents this from happening, where we go, ‘aah, where do my fingers go?’. and you have to lean over too much and all that sort of thing. What you can do here is start to get a feel for where your fingers should go, rather than having to keep an eye on your fingers all the time. So it can start to be more natural. So, this is that E major chord that we looked at in our first lesson. We take our second and third fingers off and leave your first finger down. We slide it to the second fret. And put your middle finger above that string. And the third finger below. And then we strum the thinnest five strings. So just miss out string one. And when we want to change back, we take off fingers two and three, we keep your first finger down, slide it back to fret one, just at this side. Put the middle and third fingers where they were before, for the E chord. And we want to repeat that exact same method. Take the fingers off, slide, middle finger above, third finger below. Enough times until it happens almost automatically. Keep the first finger down, slide, thinnest five strings for the A. We can check it’s ringing out still. And then we keep that first finger down, slide it back, middle finger and third finger where they go for that E chord. And when we strum, pick all the single strings. First finger down, slide, thinnest five strings for the A. First finger, slide. And then it will start to get more and more comfortable and start to feel natural. Again, the temptations are to touch that bottom of the guitar, so the thinnest strings don’t ring out or kinda hold it more like this, so we wanna keep plenty of room and be quite disciplined with learning the right way to play these chords. And also, this first finger. It can be tempting when you increase your speed to not move that first finger. I’ve seen it happen with private students, again and again, ok? So, that first finger when we go from the E, it has to slide over to that second fret. You have to get it over the fret. Above and below and there’s our A chord. You want to repeat that as often as possible and then all we need to do is learn a simple strumming pattern. The most simple strumming pattern that we can learn and then we can play our first song straight away, ok? So join me in that next strumming lesson if you want to be able to play some songs with these two easy chords. And I’ll see you in that lesson straight away.


  • Reply StevenKubrick December 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Merry Christmas, Andy could you make a full tutorial on the messenger by Linkin Park?

  • Reply SkyStudiosFlims December 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    You are really doing a good a good job on these videos Andy, you deserve way more subscribers!

  • Reply Wanna Be December 26, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    dude I got a guitar on Christmas and these videos are literally teaching me everything, thank you dude please keep uploading, I'm subscribing right now thank you.

  • Reply Braňo Beutelhauser December 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Andy your videos are really helping me 🙂 You are doing really good job. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Ikhsan Hasbi December 29, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Hi andy, I've been a fan of your channel for a while. So I have a question, I can play some simple guitar songs decently now, but when I try to sing while strumming, all my strums got messed up and go of beat. Is this normal? Is there any lesson from you I can learn to fix this?

  • Reply William Hinson December 31, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Hey Andy, i have a tutorial request. Its a song called Hookers and Blow by the Bacon Brothers. Its not very well known but its a great acoustic piece. If you have the time i would appreciate it.

  • Reply Angy Rodriguez January 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I just got my guitar last month and was about to give up on learning till I bumped into your videos ! Thank you soooo much I am excited to continue learning again 🙂 ! I've been following all of the beginners chords videos and can already see a huge improvement ! Thanks so much , really.

  • Reply DiskoMessiah January 12, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I've been practicing 'Love me do' for three days , but I'm having a hard time with the placement of my third finger on second string when I switch to the A chord from E chord. I try not to, but the finger lies right on the fret, so the b string sounds muted or doesn't quite ring properly. When I drag my first finger behind to compensate for this, the g string buzzes. Will this issue resolve itself with more practice or am I doing something wrong?

  • Reply 793050Darkstar January 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I have had a few goes at "teaching myself" from books and videos but having found your lessons on here it is helping to make more sense of the basics with great tips 👏🏻 …. I am looking forward to getting stuck in 🎸😀

  • Reply jak blak January 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Hi. Andy. just saying That little problem I had changing between the A & E Chords has been solved by watching your video a few times. Really easy due to your excellent Teaching. It was holding me back from Playing along to you & the songs included in the course. Cannot thank you enough. Cheers Mate.

  • Reply CC February 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

    This is the best channel I've come across. Thank you, Andy.

  • Reply Morphic February 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Hey Andy, I picked up a guitar about 3 days ago and I'm really making some progress thanks to your videos, I noticed that during the A chord you hold down the 6th string with your thumb to stop it playing out. I was having real trouble with the A chord playing those 5 strings until I noticed that, not sure if you have already somewhere else but I feel this is worth a mention because it really helped me focus on getting those chord changes rather than worry too much on the strum technique. As always love your vids and will keep watching as I make more and more progress, thank you!

  • Reply Olle March 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I'm having trouble with the A cord, i get all the notes to ring out and its fine for a strum or two but then it just collapses.
    I started playing guitar from watching these videos about two days ago so, I'll just have to keep going at it until it sonuds and feels natural

    … or am i wrong?`
    Your channel makes youtube a better place andy

  • Reply Tony Coen March 31, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    As a total Beginner, its great to find Videos like yours online,Thanks.. I will buy your course too!….

  • Reply Petra Moreno-Frasca April 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I have a little trouble due to my stroke but I have found myself learning better with your teaching skills than any other on youtube. Do you do private lessons?

  • Reply Evor Adarna April 8, 2016 at 6:05 am

    hi Andy Guitar, thanks to you! I started to learn playing guitar from your vids. New subscriber here from Philippines 🙂

  • Reply Johhny 5 April 25, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I just can't get the hang of it for some reason

  • Reply Raj Sahounte May 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Myself and my daughter are learning the guitar. Thank you so much as your videos are very informative and easy to understand. Excellent job, keep it up. Thanks again…

  • Reply IZZY WRIGHT May 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    When I'm playing and slide my finger from the first fret to the second it makes this weird kinda screeching noise it runs the sound how do I fix that or am I doing something wrong please help I just started playing by the way .

  • Reply Higor Neves May 23, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Thanks for this man you're the best .. Now I can believe I'm gonna play my guitar finally ^^ .. Thanks for this course .. I'm Gonna watch the all videos .. !!

  • Reply John Torrance May 31, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I'm sorry but i'm confused again.

    In the first video you place your middlefinger on the fourth string… and here you place them on the fifth… why is this

  • Reply Reema Reema June 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I love this video!❤️ but I'm really struggling to put my fingers in the right places especially my third finger in the A major chord

  • Reply Jessica Chilton July 14, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Cheers Andy for all your tips. Has made chord changes much easier. I like how you call the A an 'Anchor String'. Keep em comin!

  • Reply The Centurion Report August 23, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    The tips of my fingers hurt after I do this am I doing something wrong?

  • Reply Destroyer Of Biscuits October 20, 2016 at 9:19 am


  • Reply TheSwedishCruiser December 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    What tuning on the guitar do you have? I use "standard" from the fender online tuner. Is it open D you use?

  • Reply jeshurun deepak December 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you for giving your time to educate beginners in guitar. It helps me a lot.

  • Reply Utkarsh Modi December 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Man Really thanks for this videos………really helping me out in learning you sure should have way more subscribers than this…..:)

  • Reply Trash Gold January 2, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    love your videos

  • Reply Jason McIntosh January 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Trickier for me than it looks tbh!!! Still persevering tho!!

  • Reply shohanur shamim March 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    thnx…big brother….

  • Reply Kitti Alexandra Fábián March 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Ahhhh, this is awesome!!! You're the best. I love it, makes it so much more logical for my fingers to change from one chord to the other. Thank you!!

  • Reply Foster Nosa September 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Hey Andy, Amazing Videos Man, Thanks a lot . Should i be looking at my left hand when im changing chords from E to A and vice versa , i usually look which mean i lean over my guitar but should i be looking.

  • Reply Thomas Bartlett January 28, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Hey Andy, I appreciate the lessons. I am struggling immensely with the A chord. With your method, I just cannot get enough pressure down on the 3rd string because of the shape of the chord. It is really uncomfortable.

  • Reply Rick Williams February 18, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I am progressing but having issues with getting a clean note because my fingers just seem to big but I had issues with E major but doing fine with it now…but A is tough but I will just keep at it. My fingers are still soft but doing better…I appreciate your teaching style and not a lot of jibber jabber. Thank you! I will do this! I am 69 years old and I am finally trying to learn it!

  • Reply John Wallace February 23, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Why do pick these chords in the beginning

  • Reply Igor Pavlov February 23, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Andy, thank you a lot, I have just started and find your lessons very helpful.

  • Reply WY J March 23, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Hi, I really appreciate your videos. I’m following your lessons and I have a question when we change chords. When I slide my index finger from E to A, I hear some strange sounds as I kind of scratch the string. Is there any good way to prevent such thing? Thanks!

  • Reply 101 Percent Kyle April 23, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I gave up on trying to make the A chord work, hopefully no one notices right?

  • Reply Danietoetoet May 31, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    This is helping me get started but this is as far as i got in 2 days and my fingers and hand are killing me is it normal or am i just weaksauce

  • Reply Alan Howard April 2, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I am a complete beginner and find very difficult with my fingers getting the proper notes but enjoy watching these videos and hearing Andy.

  • Reply neil nautiyal July 16, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much sir. Lots of love to you❤️

  • Reply Blook July 18, 2019 at 10:43 am

    fingers on the EXACT same place, tested infinite amounts of times… TUNED CORRECTLY…. it sounds completely different… im going insane

  • Reply Carolina Outdoor Life July 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    14 dislikes are most likely other Guitar experts with their own lessons published lol

  • Reply Nourhan Ahmed September 4, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Andy, you are really awesome and incredible instructor. You made it much easier and you do deserve millions of subscribers

  • Reply Diana Psallidas October 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm


  • Leave a Reply