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Beginners Lesson, By A Former Beginner
When playing any song, it is unlikely that the chords you are playing will be played once on every beat, as if playing in time with a metronome. As the guitarist you may be required to miss a beat, play more than once per beat, it varies depending on the part of the song, the style, anything.
this is where a new technique is introduced. When playing the E and the D chords in the earlier lesson, it is most likely that you used a downstroke to play the chord. To strum fluidly and remain relaxed during a song you need to be able to play an upstroke as well. This means that instead of moving your hand downwards from the heaviest string (low E) to the lightest string (high e), you do it upwards from e to E.
The excercise below again uses the two chords E and D that you have learnt, and hopefully should be able to move between easily enough. Play in time with the sequence and then remove it and play with the groove alone.
Count when you play, 1 2 3 4 & 1 2 3 4 & ...
On the numbers play a downstroke and on the & play an upstroke
You might also want to keep the click going as keeping in time is an important habit that needs to be learnt early on
The next page is a summary of what you need to know by now, as well as some tips