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Choking Barre Chords #1

 

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Choking chords is a useful technique to learn, and it can add a lot to your rhythm playing. The sound of the chord is stopped using the fretboard hand instead of the picking hand, the strings are muted by releasing the pressure on the fret board hand. I keep the chord in the same position, and basically just pick my fingers up. You can block the strings with other methods, but I think this way works best.

It's not really hard to do, but like everything else it takes some time to get used to it.

Here we are using an A barre chord, in the 5th position. We are playing quarter notes, and in this one using all downstrokes with the pick.

You strum the chord on the count of 1, and choke the chord on counts 2, 3, 4.

You can use this technique to do many different strum patterns, and you'll hear it quite a bit in modern country music. Make sure you learn the basics for this technique, and we'll show you more in the upcoming lessons.
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