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Shape Connect Track One, Wave One

Be A reliable rhythm player
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Track One is built for absolute success. Follow instructions exactly and you cannot fail.

Track One, Wave One includes Em to G6 & Em to E.

Track Two, Wave Two includes E to Am, Am to C, C to F, F to D7, & D7 to A.

Keep the strumming engine moving, hitting down-up continuously. Make the connections.

Videos for the changes are within the tabs, along with puzzles, instructions, and tips. Use the tabs to navigate the chord puzzles and instructions for each chord change.

Going in order is recommended.

Make the connections. Be solid. Be a reliable rhythm player.

Em to G6

e minor to G6 guitar chord change
e minor to g6 guitar chord change in a rhythm

This is a lift and land. This means that an active finger needs to lift on the & of beat 4 [the up-strum] to be able to land in the new chord [down-strum of beat one].

For all lifts/lands, the moving finger [or fingers] will lift exactly as you strum up on the & of beat 4 and land at the new location on the downbeat of 1. We synchronize these events.

We can play this change 3 ways (all shown in the video player): with the 1 & 2 fingers, the 2 & 3, and the 3 & 4. For each, the staying finger can move within its fret space [5 string, fret 2] & lift to a touch while the moving finger snaps to its new location. You may hear the open 4 string when you strum up on & of 4. This is fine!

The staying finger can move within its fret space, and you can release the pressure to a touch and then press again as you land the moving finger.

Start by fretting the Em and strumming down-up for 4 beats. On the & of the 4th beat, you will lift the moving finger as you strum up, then land it at its new location as you strum the downbeat of the new measure. Synchronize these two things.

Once you have the above connections, add the pinky on the first string, third fret to create a pure G chord (2 fingerings for this also). If this provides a challenge, return to this after getting a few more connections happening.

Em to G

This change doesn't have a video.

This is the next step to make a pure G triad. We fret the high E string [the 6 part of the G6] at fret 3, which is a G tone.

This is a Lift & Land, with an Add/Sub. The base of the chord is the same as in Em to G6. We add the 3 finger [or pinky for alternate fingering] to make G.

This finger can land with the moving finger on beat one [ideal], or be added on any beat within the measure [maybe beat 2 as shown in the rhythm].

e minor to g guitar chord change in rhythms

Em to E

e minor to e chord puzzle
e minor to e major chord progression in rhythms

This is a simple Add/Sub. We add the one finger [or 2 for alternate fingering] at the moment we are strumming down on beat one on the E.

We take it away [synchronize!] exactly as we strum down on the one beat of Em.

Make sure you try the alternate finger, using the 2, 3, & 4 fingers.

Try Each of These with this Change

  • This is a great one to start strumming all downs [Hit 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & - all downs].
  • On each chord we can Press-Touch. On the beat, press the chord, and on the up, release the pressure to a touch [muted].
  • We can also mute all the strings by 'laying' down our fingers over all the strings [or using our pinky], roughly in the shape of the chord, then press into the shape on the beat. We could also do the opposite [touch on the downbeat and press on the upbeat]. We can also mix it up. Experiment.