Practising your chords Part 1

Hi all,

Now that you’ve just started learning your chords (the big eight), you should practice changing between them as you learn them.
When strumming and playing songs you will be making quick chord changes and if you already have them well rehearsed, you’ll learn those songs much quicker.

Going along with your 4 week program, I have put together some basic chord charts along with some tracks that incorporate the chords as you learn them.  This is part 1 and uses the two chords Em and Am from week 1.

Reading the chord charts

A basic chord chart tells you 2 things:

  1. the sequence of the chords in a song
  2. how long each chord lasts for
Charts can be simple or complicated, depending on how specific they are and how much information they’re trying to put across.

The example below shows an Am chord lasting for four beats and then changing to an Em chord:

Am / / / | Em / / /

To play this, you can strum the Am chord four times (using downstrokes) and then the Em chord 4 times:

Am / / / | Em / / /
1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4

Because no specific rhythm is specified, you could play each chord once and hold it for the count of four to make the changes easier:

Am / / / | Em / / /
1 –  –  –  | 1  –  –  –

If you’re at the very start then begin with the last example.

Track 1 – Week 1 (♩=90bpm) [Chord_Practice_Week1]

Em / / / | Em / / / | Am / / / | Am / / /

Em / / / | Em / / / | Am / / / | Am / / /

Em / / / | Am / / / | Em / / / | Em / / /

Am / / / | Am / / / | Em / / / | Em / / /

See you next week for part 2, which will be posted on Saturday, the new time.

Happy Playing!

JW

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