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Now let's work on switching between these two new chords.

Locate the E minor chord. Then to transition to the A minor chord we'll keep two fingers in the same position, but they'll both jump one string closer to the floor. So the 3rd finger jumps to the G-string and the 2nd finger jumps to the D string. Practice that change a few times patiently and slowly. Take a break and shake your hands if your fingertips get too sore.

Okay as you may have noticed, we're missing one note from the A minor chord and that's the 1st fret of the B-string, which we played with our index finger. So now try the move from before, but now also adding your index finger when you go to the A minor chord. This is hard stuff and motions your fingers have most likely never tried before, so be patient with them.

Remember, don't try to do it quickly. Try to do it well!

For our example we'll make the switching nice and slow, so after my count-in we'll strum the E minor chord 4 times and then we'll strum the A minor chord 4 times. Then we'll repeat both chords and end on an E minor that we let ring.

And remember the tip from the last time we practiced switching between chords: you don't have to let the E minor chord ring out till the last possible second before you switch to A minor. Instead try to sacrifice as much of the E minor chord as you need to in order to get ready to hit the A minor chord along with me.

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