Newk Lesson #15, Feb. 16, 2017

Chords taught: A, Am, A7, B7, Bb, C, C7, D, Dm, D7 (Hawaiian & barred), E7, Em, F, F#m,  F7, G, Gm, G7, Gdim 7.  Chords to be intro’d briefly only: Am7, B, Bm, Fm, Cm  Keys covered: C (C, F, G, Am);  D (D, G, A, Bm); G (G,C, D, Em); and F (F,Bb,C, Dm).  Strums: single, double, chattanooga, calypso.

Last week, we learned F#m and looked at its shape compared to A ( add your ring finger to the 2nd string, 2nd fret; and A becomes F#m.) We worked on the calypso strum, and introduced the “flam” which is the flicking motion across the strings of all four fingers, leading with the pinky, quickly and in a relaxed manner, on the 2nd “Down” of the Calypso strum ( Down, DownUp, UpDownUp).

This week, we’ll work more on Calypso (if you have figured out the flam, add that baby in there) with Marianne, which will also give an opportunity to practice “Gm”.  Then, we’ll learn Gm7, with the song: Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White.  You will see that Bb and Gm7 are shaped similarly, with Gm7 being the simpler to play.

We’ll go on to the easiest Diminished chord shape, of which Gdim7 is an example. We’ll learn to use it in Folsom Prison Blues. I think you will like it!  This will introduce the diminished chords, which we’ll look at further next week.