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Rock Guitar Lessons: Moving Chords

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, two, two, three.
[MUSIC]
All right.
We have a nice strumming pattern using our
E chord
[SOUND] that we're already familiar with.
But, our left hand is gonna do some
changes to give us some other chords.
And I'm gonna start you off with something
really easy.
All we're going to do is take that same
chord shape that we already know.
[MUSIC]
And,
all you have to do is move your fingers
up, up here.
[MUSIC]
And when I say here,
I should introduce to you the idea of,
positions.
When we play down here, we're in first
position.
All that means is that,
your finger that's closest to this part of
the guitar you count what fret it's on and
that would and that's the first fret so
it's first position.
Now this time I wanna put it in one, two,
three, four, five, six, seven.
Eighth position, but it's the same shape
so you don't really have
to learn anything new, you don't have to
use any new fingers.
It's the same thing, even the open the
strings are the same,
so that's, that's nice, it's not too much
stuff.
Just have to move it to a different part
of the guitar.
After that we're gonna move it down two
frets to sixth position and
those are our chords.
At the end, if you want extra bonus
credit.
You can squeeze your pinky in.
[MUSIC]
On that third string.
[MUSIC]
That makes it an E sus.
For future reference, E sus.
[MUSIC]
Alright, so those are our chords.
Now the rhythm of this.
Is more more based around the number three
than the number four.
Before I was counting, one, two, three,
four.
But this one I count in threes.
One, two, three, two, two, three.
Now, why did I put a two in the middle of
there?
As you count threes, to keep track of
where you are,
you start changing the numbers.
So you'd go like.
One, two, three, two, two, three, three,
two, three, four, two, three.
That's sort of the way people count in
threes.
And so, that's what I did.
I went one, two, three, two, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Now, it's beautiful, but let's do some
more details on this.
First of all, this is the first time that
we're moving from one chord to another
even though it's the same fingers.
[MUSIC]
You have to move tutor in position, and
what I discovered when I trade my left
hand trick is that you have to,
of course press down.
[MUSIC]
To get these notes.
[MUSIC]
You have to press,
if you don't press down.
[SOUND] They're muted out, you have to
press.
[MUSIC]
So you can get those notes.
Now, when you move a chord, you don't
wanna keep pressing or
your finger gets sorta stuck on the frets.
So, when, you know, you sort of press
down, and
then when you change you, you can lighten
up just a little bit.
And then move up and then press down
again.
Now, that might seem obvious, but
boy wasn't to me when I, when I tried it
left-handed.
And I was gettin' stuck on all the frets.
So.
And it's such a small move.
It's really difficult to see it.
It's more of a feel thing.
So just think when you, when you play the
chord press down.
When you change, really quickly just let
up on it.
No pressure.
And you can still touch the string but
you're just not pressing down hard.
Then you move and then you press down
again.
That way you don't go tick, tick, tick,
tick, tick and get stuck on all the frets.
So, that's really gonna help you move up
and down the neck, changing chords.
All right.
[MUSIC]
Now, let's take a quick look at
this pattern.
This is really similar to what we did
before.
Before, we were doing.
I like to call it a gallop.
Sounds like you're riding a horse.
[MUSIC].
So that's what we were doing before.
We went.
[MUSIC].
So, this one is really similar, but I'm
adding.
Let's see what I'm adding.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
This one is gonna be exactly the same.
Two down strokes.
[MUSIC]
One upstroke.
[MUSIC]
But
then I'm gonna attach an additional down
stroke at the end.
So the complete single pattern would be
two downs, one up, and one down.
Down, down, up down.
[MUSIC]
Now, let me do this.
I'm gonna still put it in the three
pattern, but I'm gonna put a stop,
so you can just hear that part, piece by
itself.
So it would be like this.
Let's see.
One, two, three, two, two, three,
[MUSIC]
So that's down, down, up, or, down, down,
up, down.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
[MUSIC]
Now,
when you begin to take those pieces and
loop them, you get this.
[MUSIC]
And
then let out the pressure, change to the
next chord.
[MUSIC]
Let out the pressure,
press down two frets lower in sixth
position.
[MUSIC]
And back to where you started.
And get your pinky ready for that sus.
[MUSIC]
Alright one more time together.
One two three, two two three.
[MUSIC]
One more time together.
One, two, three, two, two, three.
[MUSIC]
All right, one more time together.
One, two, three, two, two, three.
[MUSIC]