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Chords Level 1
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As well most new chords are at the beginning of a
bar on count one. This is the strongest part of
the bar and is much more important than the end
of a bar. So it is more meaningful to have the
beginning sounding good. People are listening
harder at the beginning of bars than they are at
the end of bars, and are also listening harder for
new chords than they are for old chords.
This nothing chord is so common that it has
become an accepted sound of modern guitar and
is widely recognized. In fact for some songs if
you play with a perfectly sounding last and first
strum when changing chords it can sound stiff or
rigid, and actually detract from the song.
The nothing chord is rarely shown on music but it
is “taken” that you will do it. Sometimes it will be
written with a chord
name shown at the end of
the bar just before the chord change. The name
of the chord will vary depending on what strings
you hit. Some of the common names are - G/D,
G/A, Em/D, Em/A or Em11.
To play the nothing chord follow this routine. You
would strum count 3 with the old chord on but
lift off for the nothing chord on count 4. Hold
your fingers off the guitar but move them into a
ready position for the new chord. Then on count 1
you’ll find it easier to have the new chord
sounding fine. Don’t put the new chord down early
– make sure to wait until count 1 of the next bar.
To start with use all of count 4 for the nothing
chord. As you get better with your chord changes
start to use less of count 4 for the nothing
chord. For example use only half of count 4 –
strum count 4 with the chord on but half way lift
off early and get ready for the new chord.
Eventually you might cut it back to only the last
quarter of the count.
5. Specialized Hints.
These hints only occur between particular
Our main helper is the finger groups.
(a) Finger Group -
remember some changes
will be in the same shape – either all in the
straight group or all in the diagonal group.
Other times you’ll be twisting between the
two finger groups.
(b) Glued Finger/s -
where one or more
fingers are in exactly the same spot between
two chords. This means that the finger/s is
in the same fret and on same string for the
chords e.g. finger 1 between C and F.
Don't lift glued finger/s when changing.
(c) Sliding Finger/s -
where one or more
fingers are on the same string but in
different frets between two chords. Don't
lift the finger/s off. Just relax the
pressure and slide the finger/s along the
strings. For example fingers 2,3,4 between A
and B.
(d) Vertical Finger/s -
where finger/s are in
the same fret but not on the same string.
Keep your fingers in the fret and move them
across the guitar. Try to "skim" your fingers
across the strings. Either let your fingers
fall to the floor, or push them up towards the
ceiling. By doing this you will avoid bunching
your fingers in towards the nut and then
spreading them out again for each chord
change. A good example of vertical fingers is
the chord change between C and Dm.