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Chords Level 1
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Some Chords that use the Straight Finger Group
(Finger group shown by black dots. Extra finger/s shown by grey dot.)
Look at these chords you can play based on the
straight finger group.
There are quite a few. And there hundreds
more you can play but they aren’t our goal just
yet.
If we rate them by how common they are we
would have this –
SUPER COMMON – Am and Em.
COMMON – A, E. A7, D7
NOT SO COMMON – B, F#m, G#m
The chords A&, B7 and D7 use the straight
finger group with the fingers spread apart by
one string.
Practice playing all the chords. You must put
the finger group on first. Then add the buddy
finger or fingers.
1. Learn these chord shapes off by heart making
sure that you use the fingers as shown.
2. Practice strumming them. Be sure to strum the
right number of strings.
3. Check the sound of each string by forming the
chord and then picking each and very string
(even those not in the chord) to make sure that
the string rings clearly.
If a string does not ring clearly you might
not have -
(a) the shape of your hand and / or
fingers right. This could lead to
- a finger not sitting properly
- a finger falling over and touching
another string.
– resting your finger on the fret metal,
and not behind it.
(b) enough squeeze.