Open Chord Progressions Em Am C G D C
This open chord progression is a sixteenth note strumming pattern that has tied beats, and some quick chord changes that happens on the off beats. The progression begins with a open E minor chord in measure one, strum the chord with a down, up, down, up, down, down, up, up, down, up, up down, up picking pattern.
The same idea applies with sixteenth notes as it does with eighth notes. You want the down beats to be played with down strokes and the off beats to be played with upstrokes. A good way to count sixteenth notes like this is 1 e and uh, 2 e and uh, 3 e and uh, 4 e and uh. So any strum that lands on 1 2 3 4 or the “and” of any beat would be played a down stroke. Any strum that lands on e or uh is played with an upstroke. Notice the ties into beat three, and beat four in this measure.
That is where the two upstrokes in a row will happen in the strumming. Measure two is the same strumming rhythm on an A minor chord. In bar three there is a rhythmic change as well as two chord changes. The strumming pattern is down, down, up, up, down, up, down, down, up, down, up. Play a C chord on beats one and two then quickly switch to a G chord on the off beat of two. Bar four is the same harmonic rhythm and the same strumming rhythm as measure three. But, this section beats one and two is played on a D chord, and on the off beat of beat two switches to a C chord.
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