Newk Lesson # 6, June 8, 2017

What you’ve learned so far: Chords: A, F, C, C7, D, open or Hawaiian D7, G, G7. Strum: Single, Double, Chattanooga, some 12 Bar Blues. Using “anchoring” (like the index finger stays where it is when switching from F to G7), “swinging” (or maybe “rocking”) back and forth the other fingers while one finger stays anchored (like those fingers swinging or rocking from F to G7 while the index finger stays anchored and “hopping”: what the index finger does when moving from its place in the F chord, to its C7 position.  All of these movements are light, minimal, easy. See if you can play these chords without looking:  F, G7, C7, C. Repeat a few times.

Chattanooga strum is coming along!  You’ll find you can play it with: Buffalo Gals, Walking in My Sleep, Hokey Pokey, Iko Iko, Polly Wolly Doodle, and 4 or 5 Times.  It is so darned useful!

We will learn the barred D7 chord today, your first “closed position” chord, which means that all strings have a finger pressing on them  (chords with strings left open are called “open chords”).  The bar, or barre, refers to using the index finger across all four strings, like a capo, or like moving the “nut” up the neck (if you don’t remember what the heck is the nut, refer to page 1 in your downloads from the first class)

Please download: Cornbread & Butterbeans, to practice the D7, and listen to the video of the Carolina Chocolate Drops to learn this sweet song, in the same key.  Yeah, you can use the Chattanooga  on this one, too! It gets played as a fast double strum, but it is still Chat-ta-NOO-ga, Chat-ta-NOO-ga.

We’ll go back to Come Back Liza to start work on the Calypso strum, also.