Introduction to Chords Pt.2

Technique: Strumming
Difficulty:
Beginner
Lesson Name:
Introduction to Chords Pt.2

In the last lesson, you learned how to play the C Major and A Minor chords.  In this lesson, you will be taking a look at two more open position chords.  As with the first two, make sure to practice transitioning between these two new chords. Once you have these chords down, you will be able to play a full 4-chord progression.

Ex 1:  The F Major Chord consists of three notes- F,A, and C (F and C are repeated in this chord shape). Put your index finger on the 1st fret of the 1st and 2nd strings (this will require you to flatten the tip of your index finger on the fretboard over those notes), your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string, your pinky on the 3rd fret of the 4th string, and your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string. Strum downwards beginning at the 5th string. Avoid hitting the sixth string.
The G Major chord consists of 3 notes- G, B, and D (all three notes are repeated in this chord shape). Put your index finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string, your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string, and your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 1st string. Strum down beginning at the 6th string.

Ex 2: Now that you know how to play the F Major and G Major chords, try playing all four chords. Strum each one four times, then twice, and finally strum each one once.

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