Open Major Chords In The Open Position
This open major chord exercise helps to connect the more common chords used in the open position on the guitar. These are not only some of the most common chords used in most songs, but they are also some of the most important chords to learn on the guitar. This is an awesome stepping stone to being able to move all chords around the guitar neck. This is also a really useful exercise to help to connect both bar chords and open chord patterns.
The progression moves though each major chord starting on G, in the open position. Strum eighth notes for two full measures, and then move up to the open A chord, and play that for two full four beats. Use the notation to learn the exact strumming rhythm. The idea here is that we play though all the chords from each natural note in the musical alphabet. G, A, B, C, D, E, F. All major chords, the F and B chord are both full bar chords. practicing this way is an awesome way to connect those two more difficult chords to the rest of your major open chords.
Once you play though with a full measure on each chord, then start over, but we are dropping it down to one measure on each chord the second time through. This will make the whole exercise a bit more challenging, and help you to learn how to vary the harmonic rhythm when playing chords like this.
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