And Another Chord

And now, we’re going to add another chord – the G Major chord.  Here is what C and G look like on chord diagrams:

C & G

And here is what they are going to look like on the staff and on tablature.  Don’t worry if you don’t recognize all the notes yet, just get used to looking at them.

C and G

We want to get really good and switching chords so we are going to start a little exercise I call “8-4-2.”

Start on the C Major chord and give it 8 nice, slow, easy down strums.  When you have reached 8, switch to G Major.  Just keep switching back and forth. After you can switch smoothly at 8, cut it down to 4. When you can switch smoothly at 4, cut it in half again and do 2 strums on each chord.

C & G 842

If you are having trouble switching back and forth, here are some finger training exercises you can do: Grab the C Major chord.  Try to keep your fingers in that shape and lift the entire chord off of the neck (you don’t even have to budge an inch – just a fraction of an inch will do.)  Then, bring your fingers back down onto the guitar in that shape.  Repeat this with the G Major Chord.  I call this the “Grab and Lift.”

If you are still having trouble switching your chords, Grab the chord shapes just like before, but this time, we are going to drop our fret hand completely off of the neck and let if relax.  Then try to bring it back up into your chord. This one is called the “Grab and Drop.”

One more note on chord switching – in order to get your fingers moving in time and make sure you can get from chord to chord reasonably well, keep strumming.  Regardless of how long it takes to get your chords down, you will get there much more quickly if you keep your right hand strumming.

Last week we started working on chords.  We are going to work on down strumming.  Start with your pick above the low E string (toward the ceiling) and move it straight down through all 6 strings.  You want to try to hit all 6 strings at once.

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