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Open Chord Progressions E G D A
Make sure the pick strokes are in the correct place.
This open chord progression has an alternating strumming rhythm starting with a E chord. The pattern is down, up, down, up, up, down, up with the pick.
The second rhythm happens on an G chord, the pattern there is down, up, down, up, up, 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 three into beat four. From here the D chord is the same rhythm as the E chord, and the A chord is the same rhythm as the E chord.
The second time though this progression there is an extra variation in measure seven and eight. The harmonic rhythm speeds up on both the D and A chord. Harmonic rhythm is the the speed that each chord changes in a measure. In this case in both bar seven and eight, the D chord is played for beats one and two. But then switches to the A chore on the off beat of beat two. Also notice that measure seven has the same rhythm a measure one, and measure eight is the same rhythm as measure two.
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