Guitar Chords and Basic Strumming
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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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Last updated 10/2015
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get Comfortable the C, G, D, E, A Chords
  • Learn Different Strumming Patterns in Different Timings
  • Incorporating Upstrokes
  • Making Chords More Musical
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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).
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.


Who 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 For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 02:18:45
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Course Overview
2 Lectures 02:49

Let's get to know more about Sven.

Preview 01:55

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

Preview 00:54
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Open C Chord
3 Lectures 14:32

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

Preview 04:23

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.

Preview 05:33

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.

Preview 04:36
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G Chord
3 Lectures 10:57

Now let’s learn the G chord!

Learning the G Chord
04:04

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!

Practicing Rhythm and Timing with G
03:28

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.

Practicing G with a Metronome
03:25
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D Chord
3 Lectures 09:47

It’s time to learn the D chord!

Learning the D Chord
03:38

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!

Practicing Rhythm and Timing with D
02:42

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.

Practicing D with a Metronome
03:27
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E Chord
3 Lectures 14:45

Time to learn the E chord!

Learning the E Chord
02:58

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!

Practicing E with Down and Upstrokes
05:52

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.

Practicing E with Different Strumming Patterns
05:55
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A Chord
3 Lectures 13:57

Time to learn our last chord, the A!

Learning the A Chord
03:40

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.

Practicing A with Down and Upstrokes
04:35

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.

Practicing A with Different Strumming Patterns
05:42
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Alternating Between C and G
4 Lectures 17:57

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.

Learn to Alternate Between C and G
04:20

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.

Practice Alternating Between C and G
05:14

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

Practice Alternating Between C and G Continued
06:24

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.

Perform Alternating Between C and G
01:59
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Alternating Between G and D
4 Lectures 15:13

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

Learn to Alternate Between G and D
03:03

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.

Practice Alternating Between G and D
03:36

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.

Practice Alternating Between G and D Continued
06:32

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.

Perform Alternating Between G and D
02:02
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Alternating Between D and A
4 Lectures 15:00

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

Learn to Alternate Between D and A
03:00

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.

Practice Alternating Between D and A
03:08

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.

Practice Alternating Between D and A Continued
06:40

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.

Perform Alternating Between D and A
02:12
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Alternating Between A and E
4 Lectures 15:26

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.

Learn to Alternate Between A and E
03:02

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

Practice Alternating Between A and E
03:33

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.

Practice Alternating Between A and E Continued
06:46

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.

Perform Alternating Between A and E
02:05
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