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Chords Level 1
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CHANGING BETWEEN THE CHORDS
WE JUST LEARNT.
Now you have to practice moving between the
chords you’ve learnt. Just like in songs.
All of these drills use common chord
combinations. So if you get good at these then
you are really setting yourself up for a lot of
songs.
Start off with one strum for each chord.
Remember to stop, check and think about what
your fingers have to do.
Then move to two bars for each chord in rhythm.
You have to keep perfect count with no stopping
your strumming. No pauses or hiccups as well.
Use the first bar to get settled and the second
bar to think ahead and mentally prepare your
fingers for the next chord. Repeat each exercise
at least five times. Then when you feel confident
play the exercises as written try playing them
with one bar per chord.
Strum 4 times for each bar. You may strum with
your thumb, with finger 1 or with a pick.
To make the changes easier remember to LOOK
AHEAD and mentally prepare for the next chord,
and use the NOTHING CHORD at the end of
each chord - lift off early and do a mid-air strum
to give your chord hand more time to get to the
new chord.
Make sure to LEAD WITH THE STRAIGHT
FINGER GROUP. Almost ignore the “buddy”
finger. Move by pushing the group up towards the
ceiling and pulling the group down towards the
floor. Then all you need do is bring the other
finger into action. At this stage it won’t matter if
the other finger comes a little late e.g. on count
2 or 3. Eventually the spare fingers will have to
land as one with the finger group though.
Take careful note of the individual changing hints
given.
The biggest hint of course is to move the finger group first.
Between E and A.
Spare Finger = finger 4 from E to A, and finger 1 from A to E.
E
A
Between A and B.
Sliding Fingers = fingers 2, 3 and 4.
(keep them in the shape of A, don’t lift off your fingers, relax when you slide.)
Spare Finger = finger 1 from A to B.
A
B