Learn the basics of guitar chord strumming and
- Strumming a Guitar chord – Lightly and
quickly brush the guitar pick across the
guitar strings using your arm and wrist.
- If your guitar chords don’t ring clearly-practice
them, with all fingers on the chord,1 string at a
- Think of your right arm as a pendulum
swinging equally back and forth across
the guitar strings
- If you have trouble with the 3 finger chords, start
with the simple chords
first(Beginners-start with the simple chords).
- Practice both examples with the G, C, or D chord.
- Before trying the chord progressions, practice
switching from G to C, G to D, and C to
D – this is what you will have to practice the
- look at the shape your
fingers are in(the G chord looks like a
triangle)and try to switch into that shape
- Try to put all of your fingers down at the
- Stick with it, you will be
able to switch from chord to chord soon!
Here are the guitar chords:
MUTING UNWANTED GUITAR STRINGS:
- C chord – bring thumb over the top
of the guitar neck or use part of the 3rd
fingertip (PICTURE 1)
- D chord – bring thumb over top
of the guitar neck to mute 5th and 6th string
- Once you can play the exercises fairly well, try strumming
them slowly with the metronome
- Gradually try to speed up the strum – test yourself with
- Don’t forget to record yourself often!