Mini Chords: Introduction to C, G7, and G
Pat yourself on the back, because you’re making excellent progress with your guitar playing. Until now, you’ve dealt mainly with single strings and therefore single notes. Of course, you’ve certainly seen players strum strings in harmony with each other, which means there are multiple notes, or strings, being played! Now, you’ve reached this juncture, and you’ll learn your first 3 chords in this lesson!
You’ll notice these chords are called “mini chords”; that’s because, for now, these are minified versions of their full 5 or 6 string chord shapes. You’ll just play them on the top 4 string to get ready for the full versions in upcoming lessons.
Also, if you’ve been diligent about practicing by fretting notes with your fingertips rather than fingertips, you’ll be handsomely rewarded! By fretting notes with your fingertips, and therefore properly arching your fretting fingers to target the desired strings, you’ll be able to fret your C chord with less accidentally string contact that muffles the strings.
Don’t worry, this is a challenging point of playing guitar, that is - learning chords, so the only surprise would be if it wasn’t challenging! Just keep diligently investing practice time, and you’ll overcome your hurdles soon enough.
Follow Along with the Sheet Music
This course teaches using the Belwin's Guitar Method 1 book. If you'd like to have the guitar tablature (so you can hold the book in your hands and follow along by reading the sheet music), then follow this link to purchase the book: here
If it’s challenging to fret one of the three chords quickly, slow down your tempo, and repeatedly go back and forth between(a) fretting the chord and (b) fretting another chord or simply resetting your fretting hand position
Allow each of the strings to resonate in unison
Fret the notes by placing your fingertip as close behind the fret as possible (though you can be slightly further behind if your hand stretch is limited)
Maintain proper finger-to-fret assignment (1st fret for the 1st finger, 2nd fret for the 2nd finger, and so on)
Use your fingertips rather than fingerpads
Acquaint yourself with playing chords (which is defined as 3 or more notes played simultaneously)