Guitar Chords and Basic Strumming

Learn, practice, and perform your way to learning the acoustic guitar using our unique teaching method.
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Though not required, if you are a beginner, we recommend taking the "Getting Started on the Acoustic Guitar" and "Getting Started with Power Chords" courses before taking this one.

Are you a beginning guitar player and want to create a nice foundation for your guitar playing? Then this is the course for you. We will learn some foundational chords C, G, D, E and A, along with various basic strumming techniques to help you learn to keep time. Finally we will learn some basic techniques to open up our chords to make them more musical.

Welcome to the musendo acoustic guitar series. We use a simple but effective process by which you will learn a technique, then we will practice it along with you to building a strong foundation. Finally we will give you opportunities to play along with real music so you can show off your new skills!

All of the teaching material for our lessons was created by leading music pedagogues based off of curriculum used by the Sibelius Academy and other Finnish university music programs.

By the end of this course and with lots of practice, you should have a strong foundational set of chords along some basic strumming techniques. You will also learn some very easy ways to make your chords more musical.


What are the requirements?

  • Though not required, if you are a beginner, we recommend taking the "Getting Started on the Acoustic Guitar" and "Getting Started with Power Chords" courses before taking this one.
  • A regular six string guitar is required for the course (acoustic preferred but electric will work too).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get Comfortable the C, G, D, E, A Chords
  • Learn Different Strumming Patterns in Different Timings
  • Incorporating Upstrokes
  • Making Chords More Musical

What is the target audience?

  • This course has been designed from the ground up with the beginning guitar student in mind.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview
01:55

Let's get to know more about Sven.

00:54

Let’s review what we will learn throughout this course.

Section 2: Open C Chord
04:23

It’s time to learn our first chord, the open C! We also talk a little about what a root note is.

05:33

Now that we learned our first chord, let’s also learn about rhythm and then practice playing C with some rhythm using a metronome which will help us to keep count.

04:36

Let’s take our C chord, then practice our rhythm and timing with a metronome. First with all the down strums on the 1, then on the 1 and the 3, finally on every count.

Section 3: G Chord
04:04

Now let’s learn the G chord!

03:28

Let’s practice our timing with G using a metronome. First on the 1, then on the 1 and the 3, finally on every count. Remember only use downstrokes!

03:25

Like we did before let’s take our G chord, then practice our rhythm and timing with a metronome. First with all the down strums on the 1, then on the 1 and the 3, finally on every count.

Section 4: D Chord
03:38

It’s time to learn the D chord!

02:42

Time to practice D with a metronome. Remember, on the 1, then on the 1 and the 3, finally on every count. Tip, you can also mute strings with your thumb!

03:27

As with the other chords, let’s play D, and practice our rhythm and timing with a metronome. Again, down strums on the 1, the 1 and the 3, and on every count. Make sure to take breaks if your hands get tired.

Section 5: E Chord
02:58

Time to learn the E chord!

05:52

Just like before, let’s practice E to a metronome on the 1, 1 and 3, and on all counts. Let’s slow our metronome down to 60 bpm (beats per minute) so we can practice some upstrokes too!

05:55

Let’s practice E with our down and upstrokes in different timings just like in the previous lesson. You can also accent on the downstroke of the 1 count for added effect.

Section 6: A Chord
03:40

Time to learn our last chord, the A!

04:35

Time for some more practice, let’s practice A to a metronome, same timing as before with different strumming patterns. Remember take your time and practice.

05:42

Ok let’s practice A with our down and upstrokes in different timings just like in the previous lesson with a metronome. Try to take your time strumming and try to space out your strums so it sounds nice and the chord rings out.

Section 7: Alternating Between C and G
04:20

Now that we have learned several different chords, let’s learn to switch between them. Let’s start off with the C and G chords. Notice that there are sometimes easier ways to switch depending on what fingers you use to make the chords.

05:14

Let’s practice switching between the C and G chords over a backing track using the different timing patterns we have learned earlier in the course.

06:24

Let’s continue practicing the same thing as the previous lesson to really build up our skills. Just follow me.

01:59

It’s time to perform what we’ve learned so far. You should alternate between the C and G chords using the strumming pattern you feel most comfortable with while I play something else and back you up with the backing track. Remember, continue coming back to this lesson to practice alternating and using the different strumming patterns.

Section 8: Alternating Between G and D
03:03

Let’s learn how to transition from the G to the D Chord.

03:36

Let’s practice transitioning from G to D. We will use the metronome and the down and up strumming pattern we already learned. Just follow along.

06:32

Let’s continue to practice transitioning from G to D over the backing track. We will use all the previous strumming patterns we have learned up to this point. Just follow along.

02:02

Let’s perform transitioning from the G to the D chord to a backing track. Use what strumming pattern you feel most comfortable with. I’ll be playing something different.

Section 9: Alternating Between D and A
03:00

Let’s learn how to transition from the D to the A Chord.

03:08

It’s time to practice transitioning from D to A. We will use the metronome and the different strumming patterns we have learned so far. Just follow me.

06:40

Continue practice transitioning between D to A together with me, this time over a backing track. We will use the different strumming patterns we learned already. Let’s go.

02:12

Are you ready for our performance? Transition from the D to the A while I back you up on guitar. Remember, use what strumming pattern you feel most comfortable with but come back and perform all of them as you get better.

Section 10: Alternating Between A and E
03:02

It’s time to learn how to transition from the A to the E Chord. Notice how playing a chord in a different way allows you to transition from one to another easier. But do what works best for you.

03:33

Just like previous lessons, let’s practice transitioning from A to E with a metronome and the different strumming patterns.

06:46

Continue practice transitioning between A to E together with me, this time over a backing track. We will use the different strumming patterns we learned already.

02:05

Time for another performance! You should transition between A and E using any of the previous strumming patterns while I back you up on guitar.

Section 11: Learn to Make Chords Musical
07:35

Let’s take all the chords we have learned so far and make them more musical by adjusting your fingers slightly. Let’s see how.

Section 12: Course Review
00:47

We learn some really great things in this course. Let’s quickly review.

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