Shape Connect • Track 1.1
Track One is built for absolute success. Follow instructions exactly and you cannot fail. Keep the strumming engine moving, hitting down-up continuously. Make the connections. Track 1.1 works with the Em-G6 & Em-E changes. These are proof that you can play guitar. Track 1.2 covers E-Am, Am-C, C-F, F-D7, & D7-A.
Click the map to jump to tablature and instructions for each change.
This video player has all of the changes in 1.1, in order. Going in order is suggested. The tablature and instructions for the changes are below.
Em to G6
With the 1 and 2 fingers.
Here’s the change using the 2 & 3 fingers.
Here’s the change using the 3 & 4 fingers. Making this change in this way is for exercise, and we won’t commonly use this fingering.
This is a lift and land. This means that an active finger needs to lift on the & of beat 4 [the up-strum] to be able to land in the new chord [down-strum of beat one].
For all lifts/lands, the moving finger [or fingers] will lift exactly as you strum up on the & of beat 4 and land at the new location on the downbeat of 1. We synchronize these events.
Start by fretting the Em and strumming down-up for 4 beats. On the & of the 4th beat, you will lift the moving finger as you strum up, then land it at its new location as you strum the downbeat of the new measure. Synchronize these two things.
We can play this change 3 ways: with the 1 & 2 fingers, the 2 & 3, and the 3 & 4. For each, the staying finger can move within its fret space [5 string, fret 2] & lift to a touch while the moving finger snaps to its new location. You may hear the open 4 string when you strum up on & of 4. This is fine!
Em to G
This change doesn’t have a video.
Circle back to this one, if it proves to be challenging. This is the next step to make a pure G triad. We fret the high E string [the 6 part of the G6] at fret 3, which is a G tone.
This is a Lift & Land, with an Add/Sub. The base of the chord is the same as in Em to G6. We add the 3 finger [or pinky for alternate fingering] to make G. This finger can land with the moving finger on beat one [ideal], or be added on any beat within the measure [maybe beat 2 as shown below].
Em to E
Add/Sub the 1 finger.
Here is the alternate finger, using the 2, 3, & 4 fingers.
This is a simple Add/Sub. We add the one finger [or 2 for alternate fingering] at the moment we are strumming down on beat one on the E. We take it away [synchronize!] exactly as we strum down on the one beat of Em.
Try Each of These with this Change
- This is a great one to start strumming all downs [Hit 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & – all downs].
- On each chord we can Press-Touch. On the beat, press the chord, and on the up, release the pressure to a touch [muted].
- We can also mute all the strings by ‘laying’ down our fingers over all the strings [or using our pinky], roughly in the shape of the chord, then press into the shape on the beat. We could also do the opposite [touch on the downbeat and press on the upbeat]. We can also mix it up. Experiment.