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guitar: strumming and/or picking open chords while being aware of the bass line bass: outlining the most common chords (rock, pop, country, blues)
numbers below chord names = frets for each string 654321, x = don’t play, 0 = open string, C II = ‘Bar 2
nd

Fret’

G
320003

Gm
CIII 355333

G7
320001

C
x32010

Cm
CIII x35543

C7
CIII x35353

D
xx0232

Dm
xx0231

D7
xx0212

A
x02220

Am
x02210

A7
x02020

E
022100

Em
022000

E7
020100

F
xx3211

Fm
CI 133111

F7
CI 131211

B
CII x24442

Bm
CII x24432

B7
x21202

These should all be MEMORIZED. These and more – lots more. Pay close attention to the ROOT/BASS note. Identify all the notes in the chords (roots, 3rds, 5ths, 7ths). You should be able to play all of these in at least two different positions. Look for REASONS – difference between a major and a minor -- major and seventh?

ASSIGNMENT: Three 30 second ‘songs’ using 2 or more of these chords... (think of: tempo, strum pattern, bass line, key) strum patterns: think in eighth notes (use dead strums – keep the right hand going) count: “one and two and three and four and” pick direction: “down up down up down up down up” Stick to different combinations of quarter notes, eighth notes, dead strums, and rests. Remember – it’s very rare to strum all six strings – especially on an up strum... Feel free to mix ‘strumming’ with ‘picking’ – specific strings in a chord, like: [d=Down Strum, u=Up Strum] 1:(G or E) d 412-654343 2:(D or F) 4323 dud 1232123 3:(C or Am) 54534 d 1232 du 4:(Em) d 1 d 2 d 3 d 543 432 321 d
Bass Line Idea: play single bass notes in between chords to move from one to the other:

1: C [b note] Am

2: G [f# note] Em

3: G [a, b notes] C

4: A [g note] E
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