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Chord Progressions in Practice - Part 2

Rick Graham 210 lessons

OK it's time to learn our second chord progression example!

This time we will be concentrating on a progression which contains the Guide finger technique.

The chords we will be playing are as follows:

Dmajor - Emajor - Gmajor - Amajor.

The guide finger this time will be the 1st finger of the left hand at the 2nd fret of the 3rd string and will occur when moving from the Dmajor to Emajor chord.

Remember that, as a guide finger, it is imperative that you release the tension from the index finger but maintain contact with the string. The Emajor to Gmajor and Gmajor to Amajor chords do not contain any guide fingers or anchor fingers so it may take a little more practice. When practicing those chord changes, be sure to keep the left hand movement to a minimum. It helps to keep your fingers as close to the fretboard as you can.

Again we have a fairly simple right hand strumming pattern which will enable you to concentrate more on the left hand.

We have a downstroke on the first beat followed by a downstroke on 2nd and 3rd beats, however we also have two upstrokes on the + between the 2nd and 3rd beats.

Well done, you've learned some vital techniques here!

As you progress onto more difficult progressions be mindful, that you are using these techniques whenever the opportunity presents itself.

See you next time!

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