Hey back for more. This is Five Guitar Songs to Learn for Beginning Guitar and I’m Tomas Michaud, you knew that. This is “La Bamba” and what I like about it is it’s only three chords, but it’s going to give you some practice changing chords quickly. There’s also a cool lick I’ll show you at the end of this video, so keep watching.
Here we are, three chords, the G chord, C chord, and the D chord. You can make the G chord with three fingers, but if you can’t do it with your pinky, it’s easier to change to the C and to the D. Try that with me. Just one strum each for now. Now you can add a little bit of a strum. I’m going to use my fingers. You can use a pick, too. I’ll throw in a pick. The same strum. Down down up, down down up, down down up, down up, down up, down up, down. I’ll show you that cool lick now. Are you ready? Listen. You might want to skip the whole song and just learn the lick. It’s starting on the G note on the sixth string. That’s the third fret. Boom. Goes on to the fifth string open. Second finger second fret, and skips on to the fourth string, that’s the second fret and then open. Then back to the fifth string , second fret, third fret, second fret, open. Start over.
I’d go straight down with your pick or your thumb, but when you’re more advanced, you can go faster sometimes going down and up. That’s it for this video. Thanks for joining me. I’ll look forward to seeing you in video number four. Go and check the link down below if you haven’t already and get some free download stuff. See you later. Bye.
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Okay, welcome to Day 24. In this lesson, we’re ready to talk about some serious Music Theory well, not that serious. Get that sour look in your face. I’m going to explain the chord numbering system that I often mentioned and is used to describe chord progressions or chord patterns. It’s actually not that complicated.
I’ll start with the basics. The idea is that the chord progression is in the key we might say that the song in the key of C or in the key of G. There is a scale of notes that associated with every key so for the key of C, you’ll be using the scale of C. For the key ‘of G, you’ll be using the G scales. There are seven notes in the scale. I’ve said eight earlier but we’re gonna talk about seven for this purpose. They follow the alphabet from A to G and then repeat. For example A, B, C, D, E, F, G – A, B and so on, there’s no H.
The scale starts with the letter name of the scale. For instance C scale starts with C and it progresses one note or letter at a time. The C scale consists of C, D, E, F, G, A, E seven notes, right? What comes after B well another C and the C is the F note if you might say or its one octave from the first note so it’s the same letter.
Now we have assigned number to each of those notes. C is number 1, D is 2, E is 3, F is 4, G is 5, A is 6 right no H so we go back to A and B as 7 so a chord progression that is 1, 6, 4, 5 would be in the key of C. C would be number 1, 6 would be C, D, E, F, G, A start over 6. In this case, A minor. The 6 chord is always the minor in the major key. We will be taking more about that later.
Four is F and G is 5. C, A minor, F and G 1, 6, 4, 5 in the key of C so once it’s written down, we often use roman numerals and for minor chords, we use the little baby letter and for major chords we use the big capital letters so 1, 6, 4, 5 looks like a capital I that’s a roman numeral 1 and then the 6 looks like a V with the baby I, V as 5, I makes it 6 that’s how roman numerals work. V1, baby letters means minor chords, six minor chord. Four is the capital I with the V, capital V that’s 4 and 5 is just V means 5 in roman numeral. Capital I then baby v, baby i then capital I, capital V that’s 4 and then V for 5. Are you following me?
Some of the chords will be major chords, some of the chords will be minor and the 1, 6, 4, 5 the 6 is always minor and the rest were major. With roman numeral, you can always tell because of the baby and the capital letters. If you just used numbers, you can’t really tell.
Now let’s do the key of G. I want you to use your notebooks. You’ll gonna write this down. The one chord is G and that’s major chord. The second chord is A and it’s a minor chord. The third chord is also minor and it’s B minor. The fourth chord is C that’s a major chord. Five chord is D that’s the major chord. The six chord if you remember that’s minor so in this case E minor and the final chord is F sharp just before you go back to the G. The F sharp is actually have diminished. Don’t freak out. We’re not gonna us it for a while, more to be discovered so we’ll save all that reasoning for the flats and sharps for later.
One more time, here we go G one chord, A minor 2 chord, B minor 3 chord, is the four chord, D is the five chord, E minor for the six chord and F sharp have diminished. 1, 6, 4, 5 would be G, E minor, C and D –cool, huh. More to come.
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