Chords introduced: Am, C, C7, F, G, G7 Strum Patterns: single, double, Chattanooga aka Freight Train.
Today we’ll do some exercises in changing chords with minimum effort. We started a little of this last week. Stand By Me will illustrate “anchoring” the index finger when changing from F to G7, “sliding” when going from G7 to C. Stand By Me will also review all the chords we’ve learned, except C7.
The following exercise helps with anchoring, sliding & a third, hopping (move fingers minimally, just get the job done):
C//// slide to: G7//// anchor index & swing to: F//// lift index for: Am//// hop middle finger to G7//// slide to C////
(without word cues): C//// G7//// F//// Am//// G7//// C////
On to learn the D chord, using the slap method and a little superglue. Huh??
With On Top of Old Smokey, we will as a group learn to “parse” a song: finding out what we need to know how to do to successfully play it. Look for rhythm, new chords, chord changes needing study and brief practice; decide if you’d like to try playing the song without singing first, or singing it without playing, clapping the rhythm. we can practice D chord
If time, we’ll also try These Boots Are Made For Walking. and close with Feliz Navidad.