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Acoustic Folk Guitar|
|What you learn: Chords & Progressions|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: This interactive lesson covers part 3 of
the Acoustic Folk guitar lesson series. This lesson will cover more
progressions, but this time in the key of D minor which is the saddest of all
keys (pun from the movie Spinal Tap). Check out the audio sample of some of the chords and
Here's the main picking pattern we'll use
in this lesson:
Notice the picking pattern uses the
thumb on the 4th string then 1st finger, 2nd, 3rd and then to 2nd, 1st, all on
the 1st through 4th strings.
Notice the position of the hand and fingers, the thumb looks like your hitch
hiking and lays on the 4th string while the fingers almost claw the other strings. OK, the coming patterns are all based
on 3 positions of the D minor chords, here's the
Dm Chord Positions
Notice we use the open 4th
string (D) for all these chords.
Here are some of the
The last chord is a little hard to
play. It's good for you though, they always say that when something's painful
REM uses a lot of Dm
They do Tony, you'll notice a lot of
bands use these chords. OK now we can also play the same chords
Another option is playing both patterns
together - ascending and descending. Here's a jam track you can practice
Pattern 1 -
Jam Track Slow
Pattern 1 - Jam
Notice these chords share common notes,
there is one string that ascends in chromatics.
Let's go to the next chord position on the 5th fret.
Tony_C: So use the same chord positions but moved up one
Yes Tony, you might recognize the song
"Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce uses this pattern. Here's the ascending
It produces a different sound, here's
the jam track with both parts.
Pattern 2 - Jam Track Slow
Pattern 2 - Jam
Here's the D minor scale pattern you I used earlier in the lesson sample to play
over the chords,. You can play the scales over the jam track. OK, let's try the next position on the 10th
Here's the fingerings.
Pattern 3 - Jam Track
Here's another position of the D minor scale you can play over the jam
track. Now you can mix any of the patterns
together, this will help give you ideas on creating your own
In this example I play Pattern 1 & 3.
Tony_C: Are you using your
Not on the high position Tony, here's
the jam tracks for pattern 1 & 3.
Pattern 4 - Jam Track Slow
Pattern 4 - Jam Track Fast
canada: I'm not sure of
the finger combination as i move down the high e string on the 10-9-8-,how do i
play the second and third string.
Like this canada:
It looks kind of like playing a A minor
chord fingering on the 1st thru 3rd
Got it! what's the fingering for all 10th fret?
I use my 3rd finger barred, see you next lesson everybody!
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