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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Changing Chords in Rhythm: 1-4-5 Progression

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Okay, now that we've gone through
the basic chords and
we've introduced B-7 and F,
we're ready to start doing
some changes in these chords.
And I just explained a little
bit ago in the previous lesson
how the degrees of the scale
are interpreted into numbers and
how that can be used in every key.
If you're in G and somebody says,
play a one, four, five, that means,
one, two, three, four,
One, two, three,
four, five, so that's G, C, and D.
So the beauty of that is no matter what
key you're in, that concept works.
So if I'm in C and somebody says play a
one, four, five, that means if I'm playing
the C scale, one two three four, four is F
One two three four five,
Five is G, so that's gonna G
That's gonna
be C,
And C
So that's your basic
core progression on one,
four, five or G,C,D, C,F,G and A,D,E.
Right now we're gonna
do changing chords and
rhythm in exercise one,
we're gonna do the key of E.
That's gonna be using the E
chord that I showed you in
previous lessons, the A chord,
And most recently, the B7
We're just gonna work on changing
these chords with a very simple
strumming pattern.
We're not gonna worry about
playing anything uptempo,
I just wanna make sure
that we get really clear,
even transitions, and
no rolling into the chords.
Which means one finger first and
then another one and then another one.
We need to work on hitting the chords with
the entirety of all the notes at once,
basically doing this, E,
Instead of having to break rhythm,
and this is gonna take a minute too.
It's gonna be tricky
because you will have to
do some work to get this to where you
can do it in time but it'll happen.
And that's what we're here for, we're
here to learn how to play the guitar and
do it the right way and get this
under our belt where we can move on.
And get through all these lessons
into the intermediate and
advanced where you can play some
really great country guitar styles.
And these are just the basics,
we need to know how to change from one
chord to the next and build our tempo up.
And be able to have, like I said,
really clear even transitions that
are in time, no rolling into the chords.
Which means if you play C we would be like
hitting this note and then this note and
this note.
That's not gonna give you time to get to
the next chord and keep it in rhythm.
So this is gonna be just basic chord
changes and focusing on these concepts of
building up to where we can play in time,
change chords freely.
And not get hung up on one chord going
to the next and break rhythm and
all that kind of stuff cuz.
That's really gonna help in
the long run to build groove and
make you a better player.
Covering these fundamentals right now
that might not be the most fun thing in
the world but you gotta have these.
It's like trying to run
before you can walk and
that's a perfect example of how music is.
You gotta learn these
fundamentals which might not be
the most exciting thing
in the world right now.
But if you just do them,
trust me, you will be able to
play all the stuff you want to.
You just have to have
these fundamentals because
these are the building blocks that are
gonna enable you to see the fret board.
Have your right and left hand talking to
each other and really, after practicing
these things and playing along and
doing a couple of these simple exercises.
And building with this curriculum
the way that it's going to,
great stuff is gonna
happen with your playing.
Cuz it did with mine when I practiced
these things when I was a teenager.
So with all that being said, let's go and
do some simple chord changes
here going from E to A to B7.
So what we're gonna do, we're gonna start
by doing just a simple little strum.
And what we are gonna do, all the things
I told you in the very beginning.
Hold your pick lightly but
not too lightly that it's falling out
of your hand or making a sound like this,
The flaky, a lot of pick noise sound.
You wanna hold it strong enough to where
it's not falling out of your hand but
also to where you're not really
digging in hard to the strings.
You wanna float just right over
the top of the strings to where
you have a sound like this,
A nice, even strum
So what we're gonna do,
we're gonna start with E,
And then we're gonna go to A,
And then B7,
And then back to E.
So I'm gonna do this really slow and when
we're changing from one chord to the next.
What I mean by having clear and
even transitions is
just thinking ahead,
we're in time here we're
playing, one, two,
three, four
So just really slow but
really making sure every note rings well,
When you change the next chord try to
keep it in rhythm the best you can.
It's better to keep your right hand
in rhythm and make a mistake than it
is to break time cuz we're establishing
this rhythm and this feel and groove.
And to be able to change chords and
not lose that, that's the goal here.
So we're gonna do that again,
play with me,
we're gonna just do these real
simple chord changes in E,
the one, four, five, so
here we go, do it again.
One, two, three, four,
Okay, what I'm doing
is hitting a little bit
of a bass note first to
define the chord and
them I'm strumming
down, so
I'm going one
bass note and
then two strums,
So that's E.
Now we are gonna move on,
we're gonna do the same thing in A.
We're gonna go one, four,
five, which is A, D and
E and we're gonna do the same
thing in the key of A.
So that's gonna be this,
D chord, E,
Then back to A,
The same thing, just do a nice, slow,
even rhythm.
So one,
And the same thing,
I'm hitting a bass note to define
the next chord or to define the chord
Now I'm hitting the bass note of the next
cord to define that in this strumming
pattern that we're doing.
So do that with me, I'll count you in,
we're just gonna go A to D to E and
then we'll play that
through a couple times.
So we're
gonna go one,
two, three,
Okay, that's A, and then we're gonna
do the same thing in D, G and C.
So bear with me here,
we're gonna cover one,
four, fives and these major keys and
then we'll move onto some other fun stuff
Here's D, and that's going to be,
we're going to be using the one,
four, five in D.
So that'll be one, two, three, four, five.
So that'll be D, one, two, three, four, G.
One, two, three, four, five, A.
So, again, based on just incorporating
how the numbers are working here.
So this is just going to be D.
[NOISE] And D again [NOISE] So
we are going to start in D and
play with me from the beginning here.
One, two,
three, four.
Now one thing I
notice there when I'm,
the way I'm doing this
when I change chords when
I go from D to G, [NOISE] and
back, my ring finger
stays on this note so
I'm just going [NOISE],
transitioning, and then back.
So when I go from this G
chord back to the D [SOUND],
that finger stays right there, so,
that's a pretty easy transition.
I'm just going [NOISE] to the G and
then back to the D.
when I'm going from the D to the A,
I'm just making a slight
little movement [NOISE],
barring that [NOISE], and
then right back to the D chord.
[NOISE] So that's there's some little
tricks that we can get into there
too where you're really not moving
around as much as you would think.
So now we're gonna move to G and
do the same thing one four five.
[NOISE] One, two, three, four, C, five, D.
One is G, so
we're gonna play through this progression.
Just jump right in and play it with me.
One, two, three, four.
G, C,
and D.
And let's do that one more time.
One, two, three, four.
Now we're going to move to C which
might be the trickiest of these,
due to the F cord.
You know, just take it slow, and
if you make a mistake like
I said play through it.
It's more important to keep the rhythm
going with your right hand than
it is to make a mistake, don't worry about
making a mistake with your left hand,
if you hear something buzz.
Or a couple notes don't speak like
they're supposed to, that's okay.
You're gonna build up the strength
to be able to do this and
it's going to be great.
So just keep in mind,
try to keep the rhythm going because
the more you do that the better your
left hand is going to just start falling
into where you're gonna have to do it.
So if the rhythm doesn't break,
this hand's gonna come and
step up and be able to do it.
It's just a matter of time and, of course,
the more you practice it,
the quicker it's gonna happen,
so, let's do G, I mean C, F,
and G again based on the scale.
[SOUND] One two three four five is G, so
G,F and I mean C, F and G.
So play along here too, we're gonna do C,
F and G, it's a one four five and
the key is C.
So one, two, three, four.
that's our
1, 4,
5 and
Let's do that one more time and
then we'll move on to the next lesson.
One, two, three, four.