Exercise Sheet 4 - Chord Changing With Rhythm For G, G/F#. Em7, Cadd9, Dsus4 Chords - Guitar & Ukulele

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Welcome to the fourth in the series of Chord Changing Rhythms with G, Cadd9, Dsus4, G/F#, and Em7 chords for Guitar and Ukulele.

These 5 chords are heavily used in pop and alternative music and are a fundamental set of chords to learn and be comfortable playing together in various sequences and with different strumming rhythms. They are also often used in different Capo positions on the Guitar.

In Exercise Sheet 4, we re use the 4 chords from the previous exercise, Em7, G, Cadd9, and Dsus4, and introduce a new chord, G/F#.

To play this new G/F# chord on guitar, you need to remove the top two fingers, and simply put the first finger on fret 2 of the 6th string. This finger should be held lazily so that it touches the 5th string. This will make the 5th string into a dead note, which means you play the string but no note comes out - it's more of a hitting sound because the string is muted.

To play this new G/F# chord on ukulele, it's more of a makeshift chord to fit the guitar rather than a true G/F# chord, because the F# isn't actually the lowest note in the chord. It is actually technically a Gmaj7 chord, which has the same notes as G/F#.

The rhythm is the same in every bar. I have gone for a hard rhythm here, but it is a popular and familiar one so you should pick it up. Beginners might want to listen to the audio to pick up the rhythm rather than trying to read this one.

The rhythm changes at the end of every 4 bars - only one thing changes. Instead of doing the tied note (the fake down strum that doesn't connect), we will strum this down. Listen to the drums, you will hear an extra bass drum on this 4th bar, which you can try and lock in time with.

The repeats are nested, which is a bit un common. This is so it fits onto the page and avoids the need to use D.C. markings, which some may not understand. Basically, play the first 4 bars twice, then the final 4 bars, and then play through everything again including the repeat of the first 4 bars.

G/F# slash chord explanation

This is a slash chord. The deepest note in the G chord is a G. The G chord is made up of 3 notes, G, B and D.

For G/F# we are replacing that lowest G note with an even lower note of F#, which is only 1 fret lower and therefore easy to play. Therefore, adding an F# is adding a new note to the chord. The note added is the 7th note in the G major scale, which fits because we are playing in the key of G. You can't do this with every chord.

Usually the 7th note of G major would be played as a F diminished chord, using diatonic chord theory (you usually learn about this at grade 5 level). So, just adding the F# note onto a G chord is a good way of using that 7th major note, without the need for wrecking a chord progression by throwing in a diminished chord.

You can read more about slash chords here.


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