I would like to know how can I switch from a C#m chord to a B major chord on a guitar without any error close to the nut? It just seems I can't get it right. Any tips in getting it right would be helpful.

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  • This is a new user folks. Be kind and help them ask good questions. – pro Jun 10 at 23:05
  • How did the editor decide 'close to the nut' was applicable in this question? – Tim Jun 11 at 4:54

It's a very vague question - given that there are several C♯m shapes, and the same goes for B major.

The two main shapes most of us use are the 'E' and 'A' shapes. Let's start with the E shape barred on the 9th fret with two fingers covering 11th fret on strings 5 and 4. Slide all of it down two frets and put your extra finger on 3rd string one fret above the barre (fret 8). That's the easier option.

Another is C♯m on barre 4, using an 'Am' shape. Slide down to 2nd fret barre, and change to an 'A' shape - I'd use my ring finger across 2,3 and 4 strings, 4th fret.

Everything slowly initially, getting fingers moving into place as the barre slides down. By slide, I mean moving with little to no pressure on the fingerboard. just get used to doing it by repeating dozens of times, so the move can be done without even looking.

There are other different shape options, but those two work in the easiest ways.


I agree with Tim in the sense that this is very vague. You cannot simply ask how do I get from one chord to the next without offering (1) the fingering of each, (2) inversions if applicable, (3) position, (4) etc, etc.

Any chord can be played in one of several ways.

Also, you have not stated what your definition of "without error" is. Are you playing the chords out of tune? Missing the fingering? Or are you getting the chord but hearing too much scrape or glissando that you don't want to hear?

Ultimately, if you are having trouble with the transition you need to program it in your muscle memory. This requires very slow practicing with precise movements and eventually speeding them up. In addition to what has been said I will offer something that I do. I incorporate the acts of (1) lifting the fingers from the fret board, (2) shifting to the next form, and (3) getting the next chord properly planted all within a fixed time. So imagine a 4 beat cycle with the following actions:

  1. Play chord 1 on beat one

  2. Release chord 1 on beat two

  3. Shift to new position on beat 3

  4. Plant new chord (chord 2) form on beat 4

Repeat with chord 2 and the next one in the progression. Or just go back and forth from one to the other. Then just take time (beats) away from steps 2-4. This will produce very fast and clean results in short time.


I don't think there's any secret sauce for it. Go slow and keep doing repetitions of the chord transition. Make sure your hand position is correct for each chord and that all the notes ring out. It's muscle memory and it's about persistence. Good luck!

  • Using which chord shapes? – Tim Jun 10 at 16:13
  • @Tim Any chord shapes, really... Most likely the standard ones, though... – user45266 Jun 10 at 17:10
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    @user45266 - just trying to encourage a more enlightening explanation... – Tim Jun 10 at 17:31
  • @Tim "Ah, well. Carry on, then." – user45266 Jun 11 at 3:57

The easiest way to do this for a beginner is this. I would write this in jTab, but our current jTab editor is not optimal.

For the C#m chord, fret an Am barre chord with your index finger on the 4th fret.

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For the B major chord slide your index finger barre chord down two frets towards the nut and mash your ring finger down to fret an A chord

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