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Open Chord Cross Pick
Chord changes for beginners
If you’re a beginner, these videos will help you develop the skills to play simple songs in real time. You’ll learn to change in time between 10 common open chords. With only 10 chords, you can play with thousands of simple songs, old and new.
If you’re more advanced, and you already know your open chord shapes, then these exercises can help you learn to play with real music in real time. If you want to develop stronger timing, then plan to spend some time with these essential chord strumming exercises.
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Instead of tablature, we’ve used chord diagrams. The chord changes we’re about to cover can also be written in standard tablature. We have decided to use chord diagrams because it’s important to see and understand these left hand chord shapes as shapes. Tablature requires you to interpret the numbers. Diagrams are more intuitive.
Lesson videos begin on the
The chord diagrams we use in this section are based on this orientation. Imagine that someone is facing you with a guitar.
Here’s a diagram of an open E minor chord.