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    I have a question.


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    Like in the picture above it shows that you play C at the beginning of the singing. Then D at the end of the first line and so on. I get that you play that chord above that word, but what do you do in between? Do you keep playing the same chord until it changes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbfan2007 View Post
    I have a question.


    chords.jpg

    Like in the picture above it shows that you play C at the beginning of the singing. Then D at the end of the first line and so on. I get that you play that chord above that word, but what do you do in between? Do you keep playing the same chord until it changes?
    Yeah. Listen to the song to get the strum pattern. Off the top of my head its down, down, up, up, down. Which is a standard folk strum, but I'm not sure without looking at it more. I don't know that song by heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOtorboat View Post
    Yeah. Listen to the song to get the strum pattern. Off the top of my head its down, down, up, up, down. Which is a standard folk strum, but I'm not sure without looking at it more. I don't know that song by heart.
    Do chords and tabs not usually have the strum pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbfan2007 View Post
    Do chords and tabs not usually have the strum pattern?
    Not usually. I looked it up on YouTube and it's down, down, up, down, up, down change...for each chord. That's not accounting for the intro.

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    Instead of trying to learn songs right away, learn chords and chord changes.

    For example, this is what I learned on:

    G-Em-C-Dm

    G - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    Em - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    C - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    Dm - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOtorboat View Post
    Instead of trying to learn songs right away, learn chords and chord changes.

    For example, this is what I learned on:

    G-Em-C-Dm

    G - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    Em - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    C - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    Dm - Down, down, up, up, down, and change.
    I'm a bit lost. Can you go more into chords and chord changes? The chord is simply where you put your fingers, right? There's no specific strum pattern for chords, I think. How do you know how to strum? Like where would you find it? By change, is that just going to the next chord? What chords should I learn?

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    Learn these chords first: G, Em, C, D

    D sounds better than Dm

    And then play them in succession.

    Just a second....

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    Learn the chord, then down, down, up, up down.

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    And because I can show off, all this isn't very good:


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    db, chord charts dont show each strum, tab's do. They generally won't show you to strum up or down but you can figure that out by listening to the change in tone. Dont learn songs first, thats a mistake, learn chords and progressions. Once you have that, you can play along (basically) to any song. Once you got that down, start learning scales and start shredding like Joe Satriani!

    Reading this thread makes me feel shame... my son blew one of the speakers in my stack almost two years ago and I haven't picked up a guitar since

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    Thanks. I'm hoping to stick with it this time. I kept giving up when I tried on an acoustic. I feel like they're just too frustrating to navigate. I bought an electric and amp and it's much better.

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    Hey mate, nice one.

    I was told to do one strum per chord changing after each strum - that way i got used to changing chord.

    G - C - D - Em - Am are a good bunch to start with. For some reason, i remember C being an absolute cvnt to learn. Then i moved onto Bar chords....

    I am still a beginner as well though mate, so this might be a quite a good thread!
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    Just strum how it feels, and then change the chord and do the same when it shows up.

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    Oasis has some great strum along songs if you can look past the Wall of Sound/Stack of Marshalls on a lot of their recordings.

    Don't Look Back in Anger is a pretty basic C-G-Am-E-F-G-C-Am-G progression for each stanza of the verse and then also for the chorus. Teaches a lot of good transitions all in one song. Just a basic, down, down, down, up (quarter note, quarter note, eighth-eight) pattern for each chord. The breakdown before each chorus is a little different F-Fm-C-F-Fm-C-F-Fm-C-G-A#7-Am-G-F (it looks complicated, but it's bar chords up the fretboard).

    Intro is a C and an F, twice:

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