In this lesson you will learn a C and Am chord, and use them to play this 4 bar song song.
You will learn the shapes, how to play the chords with clarity and above all, play them in a context that simulates the real thing. This means that you will learn to hear in advance the music you wish to play, so as to prepare and synchronise your left and right hand to play it, to a beat.
You will not be reading what you have to play, but rather, hearing what you have to play. This way of learning and playing, will be more rewarding, it will increase your learning speed and therefore your final satisfaction.
You will also consolidate a routine, for learning other shapes, with a self assessment criteria that will prove to you that you know it.
Step by step, having fun, and following strictly my guidelines to help you immediately create some beautiful music.
So, rather than simply playing two chords with no logic, you will learn how to use them to play a song with feeling. This end result feels better, it also makes sense and as a consequence you have more fun and learn quickly.
You will learn the chords and songs in four steps.
In step one you will relate visually the shape of the chord, to the fretboard, to place your fingers in a specific sequence and arpeggiate the chord to create a four beat musical phrase.
You will identify the foundation of the chord, the note on which it is constructed from. That is our target note, the note to look for whenever we want to play any chord.
In step one, you will learn how to produce clear chordal sounds with patience and repetition.
You will initiate a slow practice routine to memorise and consolidate the shapes of the chords.
You will play the chords in tempo to create rhythm and further consolidate the clarity of the execution.
In step 3 you will play this song, a simple 8 bar song, where you play chords for half of the time, the rhythm of the song, and the other half you will play the melody, which would be the vocal line, what the vocalist of a band would sing.
You will complete assignments to prove that you have learnt the how and what of playing the C and Am chord.
The goal of step one is to learn to play a chord by applying the following routine.
In this course you will first see the shape of a chord as a diagram, then you will apply this routine:
Let’s learn this routine.
In the following diagrams you will see chord shapes with numbers.
These numbers correspond to the following fingers of the hand, that you will use to apply pressure onto the fretboard.
Right handed people generally use the left hand to form the shapes. Left handed people generally use their right hand.
2.3 C Chord
Your first objective in this learning will be to relate the chord diagram to the guitar fretboard.
This is the C chord diagram. In the diagram you have vertical lines and horizontal lines.
The vertical lines represent the frets. The horizontal lines represent the strings in order from sixth to first.
1st finger where ?
Look at the diagram and relate.
Where must I place my first finger to start creating the shape?
On what fret?
My first finger, as shown in the diagram must go in the first fret.
On what string?
My first finger, as shown in the diagram, must go on the second string.
Place your finger down.
2nd finger where ?
Let’s move on to the second finger. Please leave your first finger down.
Ask yourself: Where must I place my second finger to continue creating the shape?
My second finger, as shown in the diagram, must go on the second fret.
What string ?
My second finger, as shown in the diagram, must go bn the fourth string.
Place your second finger down.
3rd finger where?
Let’s move on to the third finger. Please leave your first and second fingers down.
Ask yourself: Where should I place my third finger to continue creating the shape?
My 3rd finger as shown in the diagram, must go on the third fret.
My 3rd finger, as shown in the diagram, must go on the fifth string.
Say three and place your third finger down and strum with your thumb.
Are any of the strings buzzing when you strum?
If they are you need to raise the tips of you finger fingers, grab a pencil and lift them, also extend your wrist. Look at the angle of the hand in relation to the guitar. Look at how my wrist is straight, correct your position and play the chord again.
Are you still hearing some buzzing? Repeat the clarity check.
I would suggest before you continue to rewind the video from the start and repeat all the instructions.
I hope this question has come to your mind. The bass is the lowest note of the chord on which we build it from, the foundation.The bass is the name of the chord.
So the bass of C is c. Where is the bass? The bass c has to be the lowest note of our chord, and in this case, we produce the c note as a bass by pressing the 3rd fret on the 5th string.
You are now ready to apply swiftly the chord learning routine. Play along with me.
Rewind and repeat this last section
Some tips to keep in mind.
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