Breezy strumming on E-Bsus4-Asus2
Lesson #231 • Apr 15, 2019
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In this lesson, I’ll show you a fun little 3-chord warmup exercise using the E-Bsus4-Asus2. This is inspired by the opening chords to “Angel Flight” by Radney Foster, which I began learning at patron request… the opening measures were quite fun to learn, so I thought I’d turn them into this bite-sized lesson. I’ll teach the chords, explain the strumming pattern, and then expand things by showing an alternate voicing you can do if you want to remix things a bit. I hope you enjoy!
E –|––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0–|–––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0––|– B –|––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0–|–––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0––|– G –|––––––1–––––––1–––––––1–––––4–4–4–|–––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––2–2–2––|– D –|––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––4–4–4–|–––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––2–2–2––|– A –|––––––2–––––––2–––––––2–––––2–2–2–|–0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–0–0–0s––|– E –|––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––––––|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E B A 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + v v v v v v v ^ v ^ v v v v v v v ^ v ^
E –|––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0–|–––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0––|– B –|––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0–|–––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––0–0–0––|– G –|––––––9–––––––9–––––––9–––––8–8–8–|–––––6–––––––6–––––––6–––––6–6–6––|– D –|––––––9–––––––9–––––––9–––––9–9–9–|–7–––7–––7–––7–––7–––7–––7–7–7–7––|– A –|––––––7–––––––7–––––––7–––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E –|––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––0–––––––|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E B A 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + v v v v v v v ^ v ^ v v v v v v v ^ v ^
Note that the “B” is technically a Bsus4, and the A is technically an Asus2. I’ll just refer to them as A and B to keep things simple. The idea is we’re leaving the thinnest two strings open, in order to keep things simpler and give a more distinctive sound.
E –––0–––0–––0––– –––0–––0–––0––– B –––0–––0–––0––– –––0–––0–––0––– G –––1–––4–––2––– –––9–––8–––6––– D –––2–––4–––2––– –––9–––9–––7––– <== left ring finger stays on this A –––2–––2–––0––– –––7––––––––––– string on all 6 of these chords! E –––0––––––––––– –––0––––––––––– E B A E B A
E –––––––––––––––––––––––– B ––––––––––––––9––––––––– G –––––––9––11––––11–––9–– D –––/11–––––––––––––––––– <== left ringer plays this 11th fret note... A –––––––––––––––––––––––– use that as your starting anchor point E –––––––––––––––––––––––– After this riff, resolve to any E chord.
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