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Rock Guitar Lessons: Chord Stopping

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One, two, three, four.
All right.
I wanna talk to you about chord stopping.
And we know how to start a chord, we pick
it, [SOUND] but
then we have to stop it eventually.
And there's a couple things you can do to
control this.
One is to take this part of your hand
[SOUND] and I mute out those strings.
Another is to lightly [SOUND] let up on
the chord with your left hand.
[SOUND] Now,
if you do both of those at the same time
then you've really stopped the chord.
So, this is a great way to practice it,
just put a chord on every beat.
If I go one, two, three, four, [SOUND]
this, if you have a little reverb you can,
you can enjoy the tail of the reverb
filling in that space, you know?
[SOUND] And you don't want any little
[SOUND] you know,
guitar noises in there.
This is really our goal, is to control
those noises.
Now, I'm showing you a new chord when we
do this.
This is an A chord [SOUND] and I'm doing
sort of the stretched, stretched out
version cuz I like the sparkly [SOUND]
those two notes up on top of your pinky.
So if you want some extra bonus pinky
[SOUND] try to get those top notes there.
These two notes with your first finger
[SOUND] and an open A.
Now, we're not playing the low E-string.
[SOUND] I'm actually muting that out with
the bottom of my thumb,
[SOUND] if I just have it open.
[SOUND] But I can mute it, [SOUND] like
So there's a lot of cool ways we can
basically stop the notes that we don't
want to hear [SOUND].
And we can play the notes that we do want
to hear.
[SOUND] All right.
So let's try it together.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] At the end I did a chicka ow.
[SOUND] I think I did it with the whole
[SOUND] Yeah.
Let's do that.
[SOUND] That's just like a strum.
Down, up, down.
[SOUND] All right.
One, two, three, four.