Watch the Chord Flow 1 online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Guitar 201: Breakthroughs

Probably the most conspicuous hallmark of the new player: Taking time between chord changes. And it makes you feel bad about yourself, but it’s really not a mortal sin — unless you're losing the beat. So let's look at how to start making smooth transitions.

#1 Visualize — Think ahead. Know when the next change coming, and plan for it.

#2 Economy of Motion — Which fingers have to move? Can you pivot on some fingers? Can a whole shape or part of a shape be moved to the next chord in the progression?

#3 Cheat! — Try the “zero chord” technique. Other options are to play a simple “power chord” or just sit on the root note (the note that has the name of the chord, like G or D). When all else fails, just keep the rhythm going with muted strums until you can grab a chord.