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Rock Guitar Lessons: A Minor and C Major Chords

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
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Here we're using our chords stopping
techniques
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To put a nice hole between the chord
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And a strummed
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Chord that follows it.
This is a great technique for making cool
rhythms that you can put in a song.
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And
really showing that you have control over
you, over your guitar.
All right.
The other thing we did was we learned
two brand new chords, and these are really
useful chords.
So let's take a look.
The first one is an A minor chord.
[SOUND] And the nice thing about this is
it looks almost exactly like it were,
our familiar E major chord.
[SOUND] It's the same fingers, the same
shape.
It just shifts the whole thing down,
I should say down towards the ground on
[SOUND] the next set of strings.
So technique wise, this is not going to be
anything new.
All we have to do is lift those fingers
off and reassemble them in the same shape.
And you can hear the difference between an
E major [SOUND] and our A minor [SOUND].
Now the only thing we have to tweak with
it is our low E string [SOUND].
We don't want to hear that one we want to
mute it out.
So you can either rest your thumb over it
gently or
when you play it just don't pick the low E
[SOUND].
[SOUND] But if I hit it hard I tend to
kind of hit everything,
so then it's helpful to have the thumb on
there to keep it from ringing out.
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There we go.
So the next chord that I want to show you
is a C major chord.
Another extremely useful chord.
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There are the notes separately.
And the nice thing about this is it again
is really similar to what something we've
already done.
So we have our A minor.
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And
all I'm going to do is move one finger.
And that finger is gonna be my third
finger, it's gonna come off and
it's gonna replant itself on the fifth
string, on the third fret.
[SOUND] So these chords are, are really
similar.
[SOUND] And you can practice that
transition.
Just go [SOUND] from that one [SOUND] and
it's all your third finger doing all that
work.
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Very good practice for your third finger.
Now, one of the important parts of
learning chords, is not only to be
able to play them [SOUND], but be able to
know what they look like in advance.
Yeah know, when you, when you're sitting
there looking at your guitar and
you know a chord's supposed to go in
there.
You wanna know the shape of it before you
put your fingers into it.
And for me, mentally, the, the one trick
that's, I found really useful
is to make a mental note of which finger
is closest to the sky.
So, for example, if I play my A minor,
[SOUND] the second finger is the one
that's closest to the sky.
And then, this one [SOUND] the third
finger is.
And so when you, when you go to like
re-shape that new chord,
as long as you know which one's on top.
You know, closer to the sky, then it's
going to make it,
it's going to give you something to, to
build on.
And if you know that's the second finger,
[SOUND] the others will fall into place.
If you know this is the third finger.
The others fall into place [SOUND].
So that's really helpful.
So as, as you go through the course,
always keep an eye on,
you know, which finger is the one that's,
that's going up [SOUND].
All right, so let's try it together.
We'll count to four and we'll do a stopped
chord,
[SOUND] nice little reverb tail, and then
a chick-a-chick-a-cha.
This is all strumming, [SOUND] so down,
up, down, up, down [SOUND].
All right.
One, two, three, four.
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