Learn Song: Searching High And Low

Now let's try out the root-chord strumming in a song.

We'll start out the song with a little intro, where we strum the A minor chord as whole notes for 2 bars. Then we're into the main section of our song, and for that we'll do the root-chord strumming of our A minor chord for 2 bars, and then we'll switch to C major for 2 bars.

Next we'll go to D major. We'll do that for 4 bars, and that'll be our progression for the song. Now we'll repeat it once more, and when we transition back from the D chord, back to A minor we'll hit a strum of the open strings on beat 4 to help with the transition. It both sounds good and it makes it easier!

And finally we'll reuse our intro as the outro and then we'll just end the song on that second A minor strum.

Instructor Anders Mouridsen
Root Chord Strumming
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Questions & Answers

2 months ago
In earlier lessons and especially here I've noticed that in a pinch on these quick transitions I favor getting the lowest note in place first, giving myself an extra beat to move everything into place. Is it fair to say this is an advantage to this type of chord playing? I'd also understand if this is something to avoid.
Mike Olekshy 2 months ago

Hello - thanks so much for your question! Yes this is totally okay - use every advantage available to you. You are still working on changing to the next chord, and that will get quicker and quicker the more you practice!

2 months ago
Why in this tab the Am chord is noted as Am/E? I've seen tabs somewhere else too that contain these two-chord notes. What does them mean, what's the difference between them and the ordinary chord notes?
Mike Olekshy 2 months ago

Hello and thanks so much for your question! If you see a chord with a slash and then a note, this is called a "piano" chord, or a "slash" chord. The first part is the main chord, then after the slash, it is telling you the bass note. So in this case, it is specifically telling you that the lowest note should be an E. Even though E is part of the regular chord, the slash chord tells you if there is a different note that is the lowest other than the root note. These chords are especially useful and easier to understand when you play a chord with a bass note that is not in the chord - eg. Am/G. Hope this helps!

7 months ago
Why does he count, 2, 2, 3, 4 for the second bar of each chord?
Josh Workman 7 months ago

It's a common way of verbalizing which bar you're on, as you count. So, if you count four bars, you would say 1, 2, 3, 4 / 2, 2, 3, 4 / 3, 2, 3, 4 / 4, 2, 3, 4.