Ending On A Chord Tone

In this lesson we'll take our chord and melody combination one step further.

Before we do anything else, let's try and play our scale starting on the lowest note on the open E string and going all the way up. Same notes, but now we're playing it going up the scale instead of down.

Once you're ready, the idea is that we'll look at any of our open chords, like A minor for example. Look at the notes we're fretting with our middle, ring and index finger. Let's pick one of those, let's say we pick the one we're fretting on the B string with our index finger. We call this one of the chord tones because it's one of the notes that makes up our A minor chord.

Now let's start here in the 3rd fret of the A string and play our scale up to this note. Now you can fret the rest of the chord and strum it.

Let's try another example. Grab your G chord now. Notice the 3rd fret of the high E string is the same as the top note of our pattern and it is fretted with our ring finger, just like it is when we play the scale. Let's again start in the 3rd fret of the A string and play our way up to this note. And then strum the g chord.

Now let's try this in a simple example.

Anders Mouridsen
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Questions & Answers

I am curious what brand of acuostic guitar Anders uses 8 months ago
Josh Workman 8 months ago

It looks like a VKV, Martin-style acoustic. I had never heard of them and can't really find anything online about them.