In order to get the most out of these strumming patterns you need to learn some chords. It’s best to learn chords in pairs starting with 2 at a time. Once you have them down you can either add another chord so you can play the 3 chord trick or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous learn another two and then you’ll be able to play almost any tune.
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Let me explain… Certain chords go really well together because they belong to the same key. Like A and D for example. So those are two good chords to start with. Of course you’ll need more than two chords to play a tune so once you know A & D it’s time to learn E and voila! A, D & E = 3 Chord Trick in A Major. Those are the three chords that you’ll always find together in songs that are in the key of A Major. So does that mean you can only play songs that are in the key of A? Certainly not!
The Capo To The Rescue!
Using a capo will allow you to play in any key using only those 3 shapes. For more info about how a capo works click the link and check out the video.
Strumming Patterns + Chords = Songs & Music!
Right so if you’re a beginner you need to have a few basic strumming patterns down as well as A, D and E. Then simply practice those chords with the strumming patterns and once they’re nice and fluent you can start to tackle some basic songs.
Don’t you think it makes so much more sense to learn a rhythm and some chords and get them to sound good before attempting a song? This way when you learn the tune you’ll have the basics sorted and you can get on with making music so much faster!