Before the operation of a biosignal-based application, long-duration calibration is required to adjust the pre-trained classifier to a new user data (target data). For reducing such time-consuming step, linear domain adaptation (DA) transfer learning approaches, which transfer pooled data (source data) related to the target data, are highlighted. In the last decade, they have been applied to surface electromyogram (sEMG) data with the implicit assumption that sEMG data are linear. However, sEMGs typically have non-linear characteristics, and due to the discrepancy between the assumption and actual characteristics, linear DA approaches would cause a negative transfer. This study investigated how the correlation between the source and target data affects an 8-class forearm movement classification after applying linear DA approaches. As a result, we found significant positive correlations between the classification accuracy and the source-target correlation. Additionally, the source-target correlation depended on the motion class. Therefore, our results suggest that we should choose a non-linear DA approach when the source-target correlation among subjects or motion classes is low.