The goal from this lesson and from all of David’s teaching over at Next Level Guitar is to teach this stuff in a way that is enjoyable and musical which makes learning fun. These lessons also get your creative juices flowing so that you may be able to one day write your own songs.
We are gonna use base chords and embellishments. You can just stay on the base chords if you aren’t comofrtable with the embellishments, but let me show you what you can do with these chords.
The first chord is A Minor. You can always take your first finger off and play the Asus2. Your pinky can also go on the high E string on the third fret and play an A Minor 7th chord. Or you can put your pinky on the third fret of the B strting and play an Asus4.
We then go to the G Major Chord. When playing this chord, play it with three fingers as opposed to 4 fingers because it will be easier to play the chord embellishments if you have a fourth finger free. For instance, with your index finger free, you can play a Gadd4 Guitar Chord by placing your index finger on the B string of the first fret. You could also drop down your second finger and play the A note which is on the 2nd fret of the G string, which is a Gsus2.
From here we play a G Major chord again only this time we play it with four fingers. You then take your first finger off of the 2nd fret of the A string and put it on the 2nd fret of the low E string. That is a G/F# Chord. You then play an E Minor chord and then add your pinky to the d note of the 3rd fret giving you an Em7 chord. We follow this up with a C Major then D Major and back to E Minor.
This is basically the same as if you were writing a song where the first verse would be the A Minor to G Chords.
If you are just starting out, you can stick with a simple A Minor to G Major chord progression without all the embellishments mentioned earlier and use a simple strumming pattern.
The strumming pattern used here is d/d/u/u/d/u
Once you are able to play this simple chord progression without error, you can then move on to adding the embellishments like the Asus2, Am7, Gadd4 etc. as discussed above.
We then move on to what sounds like the chorus, the C Major, D Major, G Major, G/F#, Em progression. The G/F# is a very popular way to walk down from the G Major Chord. For that walk down process use the pattern: d/d/u d/d/u. For the whole progression, you will use the strumming pattern of : d/d/u/u/d/u.
The progression then ends with C Major, D Major to Em.
Again, just like the first progression, keep things simple and then start adding the variations that David teaches in the video lesson above.
Another great lesson from David Taub with Next Level Guitar. In this lesson David will show you a really enjoyable and easy to play chord progression. This a great lesson for the beginner as it covers things like strumming, timing and chord changes which are all essential techniques that every guitarist should master.