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A Major Chord

A

To play the A chord, place the first and second fingers of your left hand as shown in the diagram. Strum all four strings.

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The next exercise uses the A Major chord.

Rhythm Pattern

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A Seventh Chord

A7

To play the A7 chord, use the first finger of your left hand as shown in the diagram, and strum all four strings. The A7 chord shape is just an A chord shape with the second finger lifted off.

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This progression contains an A7 chord and uses eighth note rhythm pattern 8. When changing between G7 and C use your third finger as a slide finger.

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This classic song by Hank Williams is in the key of D and uses the chords D, A and A7. Make sure you are comfortable with all the chord changes and then try them with the strumming pattern. Once you can play the song slowly, gradually increase the tempo until you can play it at a good pace with clean chord changes.

29Jambalaya

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29Jambalaya

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E Seventh Chord

E7

To play the E7 chord, use the first, second and third fingers of your left hand as shown in the diagram, and strum all four strings.

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The following chord progression contains an E7 chord and uses eighth note rhythm pattern 1.

When changing between D and E7 use your first finger as a slide finger.

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31Blues in A

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31Blues in A

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