Class Recording: Strumming D major & E minor

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For those who weren’t able to be present in class this morning (we understand, the Tokyo commute can be rough!), we’ve recorded ourselves learning our first two chords, and playing along with Clayton (piano) and Dakota (drums) for a few minutes. After ensuring that your guitar is in tune (maybe someone can create or supply a brief tutorial on tuning for our raw beginners as an assignment?), you should be able to practice some easy chords along with the group by playing the above recording.

Here, we are playing eight beats of each D major and E minor in a repeating cycle that will lay the foundation for a few of our first class songs.

Chord diagrams to get you started:

Courtesy of BetterGuitar.com
Courtesy of Play-acoustic-guitar.com

 

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10 thoughts on “Class Recording: Strumming D major & E minor

    wmchamberlain said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Will playing D and Em on my ukulele be the same as on the guitar?

    bryanjack said:
    February 5, 2013 at 1:00 am

    The chords should line up in terms of pitch, but if you mean chords:

    D on the uke (if it’s tuned to C) is – top to bottom – 2220. Em is 0432.

    Or something like this:

    D
    —-2—-
    —-2—-
    —-2—-
    —-0—-

    Em
    —-0—-
    —-4—-
    —-3—-
    —-2—-

      wmchamberlain said:
      February 5, 2013 at 1:03 am

      Thanks, I know that different instruments are tuned differently. I suppose the difference will be in the pitch of the sound. Basically I know enough to be completely confused 🙂 I can play a lot of chords without problem, but I don’t know how that works with other instruments.

        bryanjack said:
        February 5, 2013 at 1:05 am

        Should be all good – different tone is ok so long as the pitch/key/chords are in line. D is a D is a D ; )

    ColinJagoe said:
    February 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Different tuning starts to mess with your brain. Switching from guitar to another instrument means making your fingers do something different, or changing tuning on any instrument means you need to use different fingerings. Luckily there’s apps for that. 😉 Will post some of my favs in a few days for helping with chords.

    pfradale said:
    February 5, 2013 at 1:15 am

    For online tuning help if you don’t have your own tuner or tuning app, try this site: http://www.proguitartuner.com/guitar-tuner/

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