Picking 15a

Animated Picking 15a tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

Now you can move between 3 chords, let's learn some new chords and try some different picking. The chords are G major, C major, and D major. Played in the following order:

G major, C major, G major, C major, D major, C major, G major, G major

The G major chord is similar in finger positioning to the C major chord (which you should already know by now). As you switch between these 2 chords you can likely see their similarity.

The 3 notes of any G major chord are: G B D but here, we are playing 4 notes for each chord (it just sounds nice). So we are picking in this order:

G - B - D - G

The other new chord is D major, which is another very popular chord on guitar and can be quite tricky to play at first. Give it some practice, and you'll get it!

For this exercise we only play part of the G major chord. In the next exercise we will play the full chord (all 6 strings). You will need to use your thumb in the middle of the back of the fretboard to make sure your fingers get enough room to drop onto the right notes and not muffle adjacent strings.

The move between G major and C major is not so bad because they are so similar - just make sure you pick them the right way, and follow the dots on the ActionTab. Listen to make sure you are getting it right!

The 3 notes of any D major chord are: D F# A but remember, we are playing 4 notes for each chord so we are picking in this order:

D - A - D - F#

The D major chord is often tricky for people because the fingers can end up bunched together so closely on the high 3 strings that they end up muffling adjacent strings. You'll need your thumb in the right place behind the neck, and remember to arch your fingers down onto the notes from a high angle.

If your fingers are flat across the strings you are more likely to muffle adjacent strings. Dropping your fingers onto the strings from a more acute angle not only helps keep your fingers clear of adjacent strings when they are on a note, but enables you to exert more pressure on the notes you hold because your thumb can be used as a counterpoint - squeezing against the back of the fretboard.

Like in the last exercise, you may want to just move between the chords using only your fretboard hand at first. This means you can concentrate more on getting your fingers in the right place at the right time whilst following the ActionTab audio. Once you can move between these chords using just one hand, then you can work on using your other hand to pick the notes.

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