What we’ve learned so far: hand and body position, single & double strum plus an intro to the Chattanooga (which really is just a variation on the double strum, and a really fantastic all-purpose strum, so much more interesting than down, down, down, down single strum. We’ll drive that baby home!!) Chords: F, C, G, D, C7.
Today, let’s do a few exercises to review the chords we’ve learned; using a double strum:
D//// D//// F//// F//// C//// C//// D//// D////
(you will be surprised just what you have played, when we do this in class!)
Let’s be surprised again:
G//// G//// G//// G//// C7//// C7//// G//// G//// D//// C7//// G//// G////
What you just played is a simple variation on an old music form: which?
After the exercises, we’ll talk about economy of movement: just lifting the fingers enough to get the chord changed, and just applying enough pressure to make the sound true. We’ll learn the A chord today, with the songs, Come Back Liza and Walkin’ In My Sleep, which both have the A and D chords. We’ll use the slap method.
Please practice the C, F, G, C7, and D chords at home, until you can do them without looking at a diagram. Let your hand’s muscle memory be the storage! See if you can do some switching between chords without looking, especially F and C7, which is an easy change. Try some other combos, too!