Lesson 3: The Am & Em Army!
We’re getting minor in this lesson! Hopefully, your fingers aren’t too worn out from the last lesson – I promise it will get better soon, especially if you're following my advice on minimizing finger pain!
In this lesson, we’ll be covering:
- Minor Chords (A minor & E minor)
- Rhythms - Counting “Ands”
- How To Do An Up Strum
- All You Need To Know About Capos
What Are Minor Chords
The best way to describe minor chords is that they sound “sad.” This is actually a decent definition, but here, we delve a bit deeper into what makes a chord minor.
The E Minor Chord
In this lesson, we’re learning about the E minor chord. It’s not much different from the E chord, so it’s a great first minor chord for you to learn.
The A Minor Chord
The A minor chord is the second minor chord we’ll be learning, but I think you’ll find it surprisingly familiar.
Holding the Guitar
Holding your guitar seems like a simple enough concept, but if you get it wrong, you can develop some pretty bad and hard-to-break habits down the line.
“Ands” in music are basically eighth notes that are counted in between the usual number of beats per bar. This lesson goes over how to count and play them.
All About Up Strums
You’ve mastered the down-strum. Now, it’s time for its partner in crime, the up-strum. It’s simple enough but still takes some practice to get comfortable with.
Strumming Patterns With Ups
It’s time to practice your up-strums! Here are a few different rhythm patterns for you to work on.
All About Capos
Capos are devices that allow you to use the same chord shapes in different parts of the fretboard. And contrary to popular belief, they’re not just for beginners!
Seven Nation Army
“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes is a great song for you to work on some fun rhythmic things, like crotchet triplets. Also, look out for some string-jumping!
Songs For Lesson 3
These tunes will help you practice some of the chords and strumming you learned in lesson 3.