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Open Chord Progressions C Am Dm G
This open chord progression has an alternating strumming rhythm starting with a C chord. The pattern is down, up, down, up, up, down, up. You will see in the notation that there are tied notes on the “and” of beat two into beat three. What I mean by “and” is if you are counting 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and for each eighth note, the tied notes happen on the “and” of beat two into beat three.
The second rhythm happens on an A minor chord, the pattern there is down, up, up, up, down, up. Notice that there are extra tied notes on the “and” of beat one, into beat two, and more tied notes on the “and” of beat two into beat three. From here the D minor chord is the same rhythm as the C chord, and the G chord is the same rhythm as the A minor chord.
It’s really important to make sure that the strummed beats that are right after the tied notes are played with up strokes with the pick. It’s a common mistake to strum them with downstrokes, that will make the rhythm sound strange, or off.
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