This week I began working on the basic chords used for most popular songs. I have found that I was able to catch onto most of the beginners chords such as C, A, E, Am, D and Em as they are similar to ukulele chords and only require up to three fingers. Some of the chords that I found to be more difficult were G and F, both of which involve four fingers that are stretched wide across the neck of the guitar. Some of the more simple chords stay along the first three frets of the string and the strings are general only one or two away on a six string guitar. G involves strings one, two, five and six but only uses frets two and three. The F chord involves strings two to five and uses frets one to three; this chord is also more complicated as it requires the player to avoid strumming strings one and six. Avoiding strumming certain strings has been one of the larger challenges throughout this process, meaning that chords E and Em have been the easiest to learn as you strum all six strings when playing them. I am excited to continue working on the chords and hope to become comfortable enough with them that I am able to transition from one to another smoothly. I would love to sing while playing guitar so a key to doing this is having a strong foundation in the roots of playing guitar, my focus will continue on chord transition and then I will add in a basic strumming pattern.
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