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Charles Gacsi (42523) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6


This lesson is a continuation of Lesson #6400 "Learning Chords From Scratch". This material would have been placed in that lesson, but it was getting too long for a single lesson.

Continue to apply all chord changes rules given in the prior lesson pages.

Remember the rules are: Guide Finger, Finger Relationship, Common Tone. Some times none of the rules will apply, but normally one, or more, will be used for making the changes.

Remember to make the fingers come down in a hammer attack on the strings. Sort of like having the fingers do a dance. This is done in an individual manner and also in a group manner. As the chord is formed, play each chord with a number of times. Make the fingers come down on the beat. In between the beats, relax the fingering pressure. Keep the fingers on the strings making an attack.

For changes. Go thru the entire chord progessions making 4 even beats on each chord. Then 3 beats to each chord. Next 2 beats for each chord. Last strum the chord only one strum per chord. Start out with a tempo and attack. Shift to three beats. Then two beats. Last one beat.

Keep the beat the same tempo. The time you allow your self to change becomes less and less.

One of the things you need to do is to place the lowest note of the chord fingering, down first and pick that note down stroke. The lowest note of the chord is place down first as that would be the first note struck, or strummed under normal conditions.

The three keys are used for this portion of the lesson. Key of D = chords D, G, A7. Key of G = chords G, C, D7. Key of C = chords C, F, G7.

Key of D was used first. Followed with the D7 making a modulation to lead us into the key of G. Followed a little later with the G7 chord making a modulation to the key of C.

The tab page is too long for a single sheet of paper when printed out. It will also be made printer friendly for those who wish to print out the pages. First page is for text material. Second page is for examples. Third page begins the printer friendly material.