Basics – G,C Chords

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This diagram illustrates the first chord we are going to play, a G major chord (often simply called a “G chord”). Take your second finger, and put it on the third fret of the sixth string. Next, take your first finger, and put it on the second fret of the fifth string. Lastly, put your third finger on the third fret of the first string. Make sure all of your fingers are curled, and are not touching any strings they’re not supposed to. strike all six strings in one fluid motion. Voila! Your first chord.

Now, check to see how you did. While still holding down the chord with your fretting hand, play each string (starting with the sixth) one at a time, listening to be sure each note rings out clearly. If not, study your hand to determine why it doesn’t. Are you pressing hard enough? Is one of your other fingers touching that string, which is preventing it from sounding properly? These are the most common reasons why a note does not sound.

The second chord we’ll learn, the C major chord (often called a “C chord”).

Place your third finger on the third fret of the fifth string. put your second finger on the second fret of the fourth string. Finally, put your first finger on the first fret of the second string.

Here’s where you have to be slightly careful. When playing a C major chord, you do NOT want to strum the sixth string. strum the bottom five strings. Test this chord as you did with the G major chord, to make sure all notes are ringing clearly. I will post more on chord work,leave your comments and keep it Kamata school!

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