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Tune your instrument (using a tuner), quicker the better. Check tuning often!
Learn G, C, D, and A chords, fingering each string accurately, for clear sound (check by sounding each string individually, making sure it’s clear and not muted) Bass and fiddle players don’t make chords, but need to know which notes go with which chord.
Switch smoothly between chords, with accurate fingering (with each switch, sound any problem string individually, making sure it’s clear, not muted). Practice these sequences: G-D-G (most common) G-C-G D-A-D C-D-C G-A-G
Change chords without looking, cleanly and quickly
Maintain a rhythm pattern while changing chords accurately