Switching from Em to C

Switching from Em to C

 

The transition from Em to C uses another pivot finger, this time keeping the second finger planted on the second fret of the D string.  You already know the Em chord, so will begin there.

Switching from Em to C:

  1. After strumming the Em chord, lift your 1st finger up, leaving your second finger planted on the D string.
  2. Place your third finger on the third fret of the A string.  Make sure to stay on the tip of your finger as not to mute the D string.
  3. Place your first finger on the first fret of the B string, also making sure to be on the fingertip.
  4. Strum from the A string down, avoiding the Low E with your pick.

Switching from C to Em:

  1. Lift your first and third fingers simultaneously, leaving your second finger planted on the D string.
  2. Place your first finger on the second fret of the A string.
  3. Strum all six strings.

To ensure this transition can be made smoothly while maintaining time, repeat the drum track/metronome strumming exercise from the previous lesson.

Beginner Guitar Chord Lesson

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