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Rock Guitar Lessons: Strumming Accuracy

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
In this exercise,
we're doing two new chords, and we're
working on our strumming accuracy.
We're going to be able to hit the bass
note by itself and
then hit the rest of the chord as a
response to that bass note.
And the next chord the bass note, and then
the rest of the chord.
[SOUND] So
this is the first time that we're not just
sort of hitting away on the strings right?
We're becoming a little more accurate with
our strumming.
So let's take a look at these chords.
The first one is an A minor.
[SOUND] A minor seventh, actually.
[SOUND] And it uses the pinkie, so it's
nice to get some,
some some use out of our pinkie for this
chord.
[SOUND] And the next chord is a D7.
[SOUND] Always loved the D7 because it
looks like a triangle if you look at that
shape.
[SOUND] Very triangular.
[SOUND] And, the D7.
It's actually a muting challenge.
It's a challenge to mute this chord
because, I only want those four top notes.
Top as in, as in pitch, the highest notes
in pitch.
And I don't wanna play the two bottom
strings, now with our muting techniques
we can mute the bottom string with our
thumb, that's not, that's gonna be fine.
[SOUND] But the A string it's sort of hard
to put the put the thumb and mute both.
I can't, even, I'm a, I love this song and
I, it's hard for me to do that so.
I'm gonna make, not gonna make you do it.
[SOUND] And also ya know, sometimes we
have the multipurpose finger
where we reach up and and use it with the
tip.
But that doesn't work for these either
because we have to have the open D.
So we can't, ya know, we can't reach
across to meet that one.
So our A string.
What do we do?
How do we mute that one?
Well, you can put your hand on the bridge
a little bit but still this is the strum.
So the answer is we're just a little bit
more careful with the strumming.
This is why it's strumming accuracy.
You wanna aim for that D and not hit the A
string.
So, I think you're ready for this.
You've been doing a lot of strumming.
You're ready to aim for that D-string,
and, and not hit the A, and
then, do the the other notes with the
chord.
So, this is a great way to practice it,
switching between these two chords.
[MUSIC]
And again, let's pay attention
to the fact that both these chords have
the second finger closest to the sky.
This is again my favorite way to visualize
the shape
of a chord is just to know that the second
finger's on top.
[SOUND] Closest to the top of the neck and
[SOUND] that finger's on top so
it makes it sort of easy to visualize
those.
It gives us a starting place.
And this is sort of a technique you'd find
in a song like Rocky Raccoon by
The Beatles,
which was actually the first song that I
ever played all the way through.
And I really, really recommend playing
songs all the way through.
I think, that really helps you fine tune a
lot of elements of being a musician.
And not just to play a part here and
there.
And it, plus it's fun.
And that's really our goal, is to play
songs all the way through.
So if you can play that one or any song
that you can strum all the way through,
please do that as much as possible.
Play it, you know, in front of your
friends or, or record it or whatever you
want to do, and just, play songs all the
way through, that's my message.
How much more can I say it?
Let's play this little bit, one, two,
three, four!
[MUSIC]
All down strokes by the way.
[MUSIC]
Unless you want to put in a little.
[MUSIC]
A little strumming like that.
Then you can do up and down.
[MUSIC]
Extra bonus credit.
[MUSIC]
Or just all downstrokes.
[MUSIC]
How I wish someone had shown that to me
when I was a kid.
That sounds so much better than what I was
working on for two years.
So, enjoy this one and do some accurate
strumming.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All down strokes by the way.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Unless you want to put in a little.
[MUSIC]
Little strumming like
that then you could do up and down.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Extra bonus credit.
[MUSIC]
Or just all down strokes.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All down strokes by the way.
[MUSIC]
Unless you want to put in a little,
[SOUND] a little strumming like that, then
you could do up and down.
[MUSIC]
Extra bonus credit.
[MUSIC]
Or just all down strokes.
[MUSIC]