Guitar Chords

Guitar Chord Types

Chord Progressions Part #1

First Guitar Chords

A chord progression is a combination of chords played together to make a song. Below is a “50’s Style” chord progression example. This chord progression is also called a “Turnaround”.

Play the chords below, Strum each chord once and count out loud to four for each.

G          Em         C           D7
/          /          /           /   
1 2 3 4    1 2 3 4    1 2 3 4     1 2 3 4 

Now, strum each Chord four times using all down-strokes. Practice slow at first and make sure you get each chord to sound properly.

G          Em         C           D7
/ / / /    / / / /    / / / /     / / / /   
1 2 3 4    1 2 3 4    1 2 3 4     1 2 3 4 

Play one chord per beat (quarter notes), try to keep time by tapping your foot or counting out loud 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. or use a metronome if you have one.

*A down-stroke means to strum the guitar strings in a downward direction (from the thickest strings to the thinnest).

 

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