Best Chord Changes To Work On

So far, we’ve been working on switching easily and quickly between chords using our One Minute Changes exercise. This exercise is great for mastering chord changes and helping you get to them on time and on the beat.

Of the eight chords we’ve learned so far, there are 56 different pairings for you to practice, including duplicates. If you really wanted to be super, super thorough, you could make a chart with all of the chords and make sure you can switch back and forth between each of the pairs. However, that wouldn’t necessarily be the best way for you to spend your practice time! I know, speaking for personal experience, that we don’t always have as much time to dedicate to practising as we’d sometimes like. That means we have to get the most out of the practice time we do get.

Some chord changes simply aren’t essential for you to practice, such as D to Dm or E to Em. Sure, you might see those chords next to each other in some songs, but they are not common chord changes. For these less common chord changes, it’s best to practice them when you actually encounter them in the wild, in a song you’re trying to play.

For now, work systematically with songs you already want to play. Go through the songs you want to learn and make a list of the chord changes you're struggling with.

Shoot for two or three One Minute Changes per practice session, but ultimately at this stage you need to work out the changes that you need to work on for the songs you want to play!

My 25 Most Important Changes

A,C
A,G
A,E
A,Em
A,D
A,Dm

C,G
C,E
C,D
C,Dm
C,Am
C,Em

G,E
G,D
G,Dm
G,Am
G,Em

E,D
E,Dm
E,Am

D,Am
D,Em
Dm,Am
Dm,Em

Am,Em