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(Week 2) Fingerstyle Guitar Chords and Strumming Secrets with Edward Ong

teacher avatar Edward Ong, Fingerstyle Guitar Artist

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Lessons in This Class

18 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Week 2 : Teaser

    • 2. Week 2 : Introduction

    • 3. Week 2 : What is a major and minor chord?

    • 4. Week 2 : C major Chord

    • 5. Week 2 : Chord Clarity techniques

    • 6. Week 2 : A Major Chord

    • 7. Week 2 : Try it yourself G,E,D, major chord

    • 8. Week 2 : SMART Positioning

    • 9. Week 2 : Best Advice

    • 10. Week 2 : Major Chord notations

    • 11. Week 2 : Secret Strumming techniques

    • 12. Week 2 : Secret Human Guitar Pick

    • 13. Week 2 : What is a chord progression?

    • 14. Week 2 : Smart Positioning Part 2

    • 15. Week 2 : The strumming pattern you must know

    • 16. Week 2 : Secrets to Strumming the guitar

    • 17. Week 2 : What makes you different than other Guitarists?

    • 18. Happy birthday level 2

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About This Class

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From Week 2 you will learn to: 

1. Understand and learn KEY chord patterns C,A,G,E,D

2. Create your own strumming pattern and never having to memorize from other sources

3. Understand chord progression

4. Learn variety of strumming patterns to spice up your guitar playing

5. Be able to strum the guitar correctly and loudly without a guitar pick

6. Be able to position your fingers smartly during transition of chords

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Edward Ong

Fingerstyle Guitar Artist


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Music Creative Guitar Fingerstyle

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1. Week 2 : Teaser: Hey, guys. Welcome to Week two Off my finger style guitar masterclass. From this week, you will be able to learn the secrets to strumming the guitar and understand important court patents, which are the cage caught Better see a G e d. Besides, you will be able to create a variety off strumming patterns on your own to spice up your toppling. 2. Week 2 : Introduction: The most important thing in finger start playing is to start with the rhythm, followed by the melody and other fancy techniques. For this week, I will be teaching you one off the most important skills in finger style guitar, which our courts and rhythm please be sure to have a guitar at all times when you're watching my master class and a few free to replay all the videos if you are unsure or lost . If not, I will always be here to help you with any off your questions. Do not forget to try out the exercises and upload a video of you playing the weekly challenge under the project section below. By doing this, I will be able to provide you with valuable feedback for huge improved in your guitar skills. So before moving on to the next week, here's a quick recap to see if used to remember what you have learned from week one. Do you remember what isn't no. A key or a skill? Do you remember the naming off your left hand and right hand fingers? What is the standard tuning? Few Frito Watch the class videos from last week to recall what you have learned to provide you with a better understanding before moving on to victory because you will need all the skills and theoretical knowledge to be able to understand the next few classes. Do you want to know why I use happy? But they asked the weekly challenge. This is because I feel that it is a good start to your guitar journey, and you can play every year for your friends and family. For Week one, you will learn the melody off Happy Birthday, which will help you with your fingering, and you're plucking techniques that I am fingering and the rest strokes, free strokes and such as for this class, which is Week two. You will learn the courts and rhythm off Happy Birthday. Then, for the next few weeks to come, I will be teaching you how to make a proper finger style arrangement off Happy Birthday. By combining everything you have learned from the previous classes. With this, you will be able to make your own fingers. I'll get our arrangement for any song. Lastly, do not forget to leave me a review for the lessons each week so that I will be able to improve on the next few lessons to come. Thank you 3. Week 2 : What is a major and minor chord?: How does a major and a minor called cell Night So a major court usually sounds happy and minor caught usually sound set. So, for example, if I give you a major caught on a minor caught, can you tell the difference in the next few videos? I will teach you the most crucial caught batons you will need to know in Get a play, and this will help you greatly in your song arranging. Firstly, you will learn how to read a cot diagram. A cot background resembles the guitar's fretboard. The only courts you need to know in this lessons R C a g e d. We call it the cage to call it. 4. Week 2 : C major Chord: So let's start with a C court. As you can see from the diagram, the secret is being played like this so you can place a ring finger on the fifth string. Don't fret. Middle finger on the fourth string. Second fret and keep the third street open on. Then place your index finger on the second string. First fret and leave the first ring open. So using that Tom Platt from the fifth to the first dream to make sure that you're not sound clear. 5. Week 2 : Chord Clarity techniques: many beginners tend to flatten your fingers while the press a cough. By flattering your fingers, it will cost the sound to be muffled through. This is the wrong way to play the guitar, so I can do is curve all your fingers and you still making a flat and then place your fingers as close to the front as possible to make, not some you. 6. Week 2 : A Major Chord: the next court. We shall. There is a lot. So place your index finger on the second friend Fourth Street and place a middle finger on the second fret. Third string on place the ring finger on the second fret Second astri on living the first open you get. 7. Week 2 : Try it yourself G,E,D, major chord: now using the conduct trying out for G E and D major court. So all of your courts should sound like this. Eyes is what g caught for Dio. 8. Week 2 : SMART Positioning: speaking about finger positions, you will need to think smart and get up playing. We want to achieve smoothness in our plane when we transition from one finger position toe another. So after you have understand the ship off court, you will need to think Where do you want to place our fingers to make it as comfortable as possible? And it's not restricting. For example, this is a D major call if I want to position my fingers like this was sound the same, but it will be super uncomfortable for my wrist. Therefore, in this case, you will have to think where to position your fingers to make it as comfortable as possible . So if I position like this, normally people position it like this way. Middle fingers on the first string. Second fret ring finger on the third fret Second Street and index fingers on the second fret 9. Week 2 : Best Advice: in your process of learning the guitar, I would recommend you toe, observe, think and ask more questions. This will help you learn faster and more effectively. Do not forget to practice as well. 10. Week 2 : Major Chord notations: usually a C major caught is called See or C River Capital M. This applies toe all major cuts, for example, and a major court for an A major called. Normally, people call it a or a B for capital, which is stands for Major, the one with capital and is very rare. But you will appear along with seven courts. Just see major seven name Age is ever an image that Dean and much more. 11. Week 2 : Secret Strumming techniques: Now we shall start with strumming the guitar. So that's trauma C major. So, for strumming a tip for you is that your right hand has to be as natural as possible and struggle with your wrist instead off the whole arm. If I show you an example to strum the guitar, you have to rotate arrest as freely as possible. But when you strum, do not be too soft, but with a little bit of force. 12. Week 2 : Secret Human Guitar Pick: If you don't have a guitar pick, you can claim your fingers together. If you're performing a down stroke, use your nails from indexing the push the strings. And if we're doing an upstroke, use your tongue meals so you get talking natural. 13. Week 2 : What is a chord progression?: after you have learned that cage cots, we shall practice this Major Carter balls from me, starting with a cot progression. So a chord progression is a Siri's off courts, for example. Thing is a progression. So we shall start before call progression G. So we shall start with a single strum. 123412341234 And then increase it to a double strong, then increasing the force drops. Is that okay? 14. Week 2 : Smart Positioning Part 2: I want you to notice. How did I change my finger positions from the G. So what I'm doing now is pushing my middle finger up my first finger opposite. Well, and then my ring finger down stream eyes. Virgie, I prefer to call this as smart positioning. Where you think off away, Help the position your fingers play smooth. 15. Week 2 : The strumming pattern you must know: When there's a down stroke, there will be an upstroke. So to spice up, just trying to make it more interesting, you can incorporate the upstroke on so the most commonly used strumming better. So let's start strumming gg a with this. Better do it slowly. No, no, no way. 16. Week 2 : Secrets to Strumming the guitar: Onley After you get the fluency in changing courts. Now here is the bigger picture to strumming Many songs in the world use 44 time signature, and therefore it is called the Common Time Signature. So it is 1234 for each court, and this represents a bar. So in a bar, there are full beads. 1234 So each B is called a crotch it. So imagine immediate four kicks being placed on a kitchen table. One case represents one crutch it and a table represents a bar. Imagine cutting each kid in tow half and you get eight pieces off smaller kicks. And these smaller cakes are called Cuevas. So to quivers makeup Cratchit. And if I want to slice each quivers in tow half again, it will be caught. Sammy Quivers. So in musical terms, in a bar there are four crotch. It's which are also equivalent to eight quivers. The concept off strumming is easy. Remember, we started off with one strong and then two and then four. So in a body consists off eight quivers we call it s one and two and treat and fault. So there are eight quivers in Porto. Think of it that the down stroke is usually on the numbers. So we just on 1234 and the upstroke is usually between the numbers, which is the ends. So all the ends are the upstroke and the numbers are down strokes to spice things up. Why you can't do is write everything out. We just down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up. By removing certain beats, it will make your strumming pattern special. Remember the storming better just now down it is actually removing some up strokes and all strokes from the eight quiver I mentioned just now in this case, the first upbeat and the third downbeat is being removed. So as you can get down originally it is down. By removing the first upstroke and a down stroke you get, you can figure out your own strumming pattern by using the method as mentioned, to create variety so wanted for you. Do you notice that if anything is repeated in an orderly manner, it becomes boring and not interesting? The same thing applies toe get Astro me. So if I was just trying to get all the way, so no later you get fall off it by creating different types off strumming pattern. It will help you spice things up to make your arrangement, and you're playing more interesting to get you started. Here are some commonly used strumming way have removed the 1st 2nd up, so you'll be so. This is an example for you to have two different strumming pattern across the Spinoff two bars, the first bar on the second bar if I want to combine both together. 17. Week 2 : What makes you different than other Guitarists?: what makes you different from other guitarist dynamics play an important role in music in your strumming. For example, tried toe have a Siri's off lightness and softness while you from. So what you can do is create accent for your strokes. For example, use more force to create the accent. This will help you with your dynamics. 18. Happy birthday level 2: