Begin today’s warm up by reviewing the 1234 exercise from previous lessons. This exercise is necessary for you to continue to practice because it will build the necessary dexterity in your fingers as it’s the principle idea behind fingering many different songs, riffs, and scales (using a certain finger for a certain fret).
Review all 5 chord pairs that we have practiced with the correct pairings and fingerings. Today, let’s add in the down and up strums learned from the previous lessons.
Let’s continue growing our knowledge of chords by learning two new shapes today, which will also be a new chord pair for us. The chords we’re tackling today are G Major and D Major.
G and D are a new chord pair, and you should practice at a very slow tempo using 4 quarter note down strums (no up strums yet). This is the hardest change learned thus far so please continue to work through the difficulty because this will take some practice. Something that might help you with this chord change is to ensure that your ring finger stays in the same place for each of these chords. That means you can use this as a pivot finger so that you don’t have to reset your whole hand each time you make the change. In addition, you should use a leading finger when making this change. We think it’s best to lead with the second finger. From the G chord, your second finger will move all the way down to the second fret of the high e string. Once you get this finger in place, usually the others can follow more easily. When changing from D back to G, your second finger can lead back to the G chord by moving to the third fret of the low E string. As this finger moves into place, the others should follow.
Be sure to give this pair a lot of practice as it’s a tricky one but also an incredibly common change in many songs. You’ll need to have this one down! Don’t be discouraged if it feels difficult at first, keep up your practice and you’ll be rockin’ these chords in no time.