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-Now that your guitar is in tune, here are a couple of Chord Progressions for you to try.  Don’t worry if you can not play them smoothly at first.  Most likely, you will not be able to play them at all without a lot of practice.
They are provided for you to try and have some fun with.

Often called the Cowboy Chords, these are the most common of guitar chords (most every song uses these or a slight variation of them).  You will get to know these chords well.
You will learn more about these chords later in the course.

-Chord Diagrams are provided to help you play the chord:

Gord chart orientation

Fig.1. How to read a Chord Diagram.

-Chord Progressions:

Video 1A. As easy as it gets A-D-E  (3 chord) Progression.

Video 1B. Easy A-D-E (3 chord) Progression Slowly.

Video 2A. Easy C-F-G (3 chord) Progression.

Video 2B. Easy C-F-G (3 chord) Progression Slowly.

Some important notes about the above chord progressions (you will learn more about them later)

  1. Notice how melodic the chords sound on a properly tuned guitar.
  2. They both use 3 chords.  Most songs structures are based on only 3 simple chords.
  3. They both use what are known as the 1-4-5 chords (I-IV-V Chords).  This is the most popular 3 chord structure.
  4. They both use all Major Chords (the Happy sounding Chord type)
  5. The Pinky is not needed to fret these chords.
  6. Only 4 strings are played for one chord (the other 2 are not played), 5 strings for another and 6 strings for the other.
    This involves some Right hand strumming coordination to strum the correct strings and may take some practice.
  7. The strumming pace is constant except the last chord where it is half speed.  It is important to develop a sense of timing in the picking/strumming hand.


 

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