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Open Chord Progressions Am C G Em
This open chord progression is a four chord strumming pattern that starts with an A minor chord; notice that switching to the C chord can be done by moving only the third finger. These two chords share two common notes! The first finger on the first fret of the second string, and the second finger on the second fret of the fourth string. After the C chord, the pattern changes to the G chord. The last chord is an E minor. Each chord is being played for one full measure, which is four beats in this case. (We are in a 4/4 time signature here.) The strumming pattern is two-quarter notes and four eighth notes. The picking hand should be strumming a down, down, down, up, down, up strumming pattern.
As you get to the faster tempos with this chord exercise its important to remember to not mistake a faster tempo for louder strumming. Just because something is faster, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s louder. They are two very different things! So keep the strumming volume as consistent as possible as the tempo increases.
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