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Play Guitar With One Finger by Abe Abel .... and support the Africa Mercy hospital ship

Play Guitar With One Finger by Abe Abel .... and support the Africa Mercy hospital ship

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Retune your guitar to GBDGBD and play a range of chords with only one finger. Great for beginners or folks with fat fingers. Impress your friends - especially those who know little or nothing about music. Learn about the three chord trick, when to change chords and to which chord. Complete the course and copy an impressive diploma to hang in your den. For a demo on Youtube search with 'mudsailor'

Please support 'Africa Mercy', a hospital ship providing free medical care and community projects on the coast of West Africa (www.mercyships.org or www.mercyships.org.uk)

Retune your guitar to GBDGBD and play a range of chords with only one finger. Great for beginners or folks with fat fingers. Impress your friends - especially those who know little or nothing about music. Learn about the three chord trick, when to change chords and to which chord. Complete the course and copy an impressive diploma to hang in your den. For a demo on Youtube search with 'mudsailor'

Please support 'Africa Mercy', a hospital ship providing free medical care and community projects on the coast of West Africa (www.mercyships.org or www.mercyships.org.uk)

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One Finger Guitar
One finger guitar is a simple but effective way of playing the guitar, thebanjo or the ukulele. There are no complicated chords to play. With justone finger you will amaze your non-musical friends with your guitar playingskills. Should you decide to learn guitar using the full fingering, what youlearn here will not have been wasted. You will have learned how to makewhat are called barre chords in which one finger covers several strings at atime. Of more importance, however, you will increase your undertanding of how to choose and make chord changes during a song. Enough of theintroduction, let’s get started.
Tuning your guitar.
A guitar is normally tuned E A D G B E. For one finger guitar, tune the sixstrings from the thickest to the thinnest string as follows: G B D G B D.Here are the notes on a piano to which your guitar should be tuned.
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With this tuning, you can strum all six strings and the sound will be rich andpowerful. Note that your lowest string will have to be tuned up more thanone whole note, but this is unlikely to break the string or damage the guitar.As a quick check on tuning the guitar, the three notes GBD are the openingnotes to several songs including
 Michael row the boat ashore
or
 Morninghas broken
.
How to accompany songs.
Just three chords are enough to accompany thousands of songs. The key isthe musical level at which the song is sung and each key has three mainchords.Let’s start with the key of G and the chords of G C and D.Open (no finger is required)= the chord of GOne finger across fifth fret (space) = the chord of COne finger across seventh fret (space) = the chord of DSo, in this key, most of the time your finger will be travelling between anopen strum and the fifth or the seventh frets. Use whatever finger feels mostcomfortable. Don’t put your finger on the fret but in the space between thefrets. It’s important to remember that or you won’t graduate from the course.
What follows now is important.
It helps to know when to play the right chord and here are some ideas to guide you.In a group of three chords, like G C and D, each chord serves a different purpose.The first chord (eg G) is the main chord. It will generally be the chord on which thesong starts and finishes, and the one that is played the most. Think of it as an anchor.and, if you get lost lost, just hit that main chord (but not too loudly).

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