Strumming a G chord + The Chromatic Exercise
Hello and welcome to my beginner guitar course!
In this course, you will step by step learn:
- How to play open position chords
- How to read and play strumming patterns
- How to play 9 famous songs
- How to build a 2nd guitar part using a capo
- How to build fingerstyle patterns
To achieve all this, simply follow the course’s step by step structure. Let’s get right to it!
Step 1 – 20 min
The first thing we need to learn is how to fret an open position G chord.
The video demonstrates how to play this chord. As you can see there are several different ways you can fret a G chord. Try them all and decide which one is most comfortable for you.
Let’s put this chord to work by trying some simple strumming patterns. Your right-hand needs to act as a pendulum and never stop moving up and down along with the beat.
Here’s what example 1 looks like written down.
Here’s a loop for you to practise this along to.
When you can play along with the loop and see the connection between it and the notation, move on to example 2.
Here’s what example 2 looks like when written down.
And here’s a loop to practise this along with.
Keep practising until you’re in sync with me and can see how to notation corresponds with what we are playing together.
Let’s move on to example 3 and see what that looks like when written down.
Here’s the loop.
Finally, here’s the last example written down.
Practise this along to the last loop.
When you have spent up to twenty minutes on this first step it’s time to move on and try a chromatic exercise.
This will help with your strumming technique as well!
Step 2 – 10-20 min
It is now time to start working on a chromatic exercise.
By moving up and down the neck like this, you will gain control over your picking technique as well as develop fine motor skills in your fretting hand.
This chromatic exercise will in time become more and more complicated. Today you learn the first of sixty-six variations. Many guitar players use these as a daily warm up.
Just like when you strummed a G chord, you should use up and down strokes when you pick one note at a time.
Study the video and find out how I always start each string with a downstroke, followed by up, down and up before I move to the next string.
Practising the Chromatic Exercise
When you practise this exercise on your own you need to have a click going. Start by setting it around 50-70 BPM.
If you get lost, simply stop for a second or two and continue where you left off, no need to start at fret 1, string 6 again.
If it feels easy, just increase the tempo by 2 BPM at the time. If you don’t have a metronome, there is a free one available here: metronome online.
Spend no more than twenty minutes practising this exercise. If it hurts, you must stop.
Today you learned how an open position G chord can be played in many different ways. Ultimately, you had to pick a way which felt good to you.
As soon as this was established, you could start practising the four different strumming patterns.
Following this, you practised the chromatic exercise for up to twenty minutes. We will develop this exercise in many different ways during the course.
In the next lesson, you’ll learn how to play the same strumming patterns using Em, D and Cadd9 chords. We’ll also start working on your first song in ‘Talking About A Revolution’.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)