Free Christian Guitar Lessons Lesson 9
Minor Barre Chords/Power Chords
In order to fully understand this Lesson, you will need to complete Lesson8. In this Lesson, you will learn about Barre Chords rooted on the 2nd String (A String). Finger Positions will be exactly the same as in the previous Lesson, except moving everything down one string.
Above each of the Chord Diagrams found below, you will see a letter and an 'm' (such as Am or Bm). The 'm' represents that it is the Minor Chord. When playing Minor Power Chords, the Index Finger will be rooted on th 5th String. In fact, the formation will be identical to the Major Power Chords. The only difference is the Major Power Chords are rooted on the 6th String and the Minor Power Chords are rooted on the 5th String.
Try not to touch the 6th String (the Low E String). It's harder than you might think to not touch the E String - practice playing them slowly at first. This will allow your hands to know where to strum. With some Practice, you will get pretty good at this!
Let's get your Guitar all Tuned Up before you start!
It works Best to have your Guitar in hand, while listening to the Tuning Up, Guitar Chord and Practice Rhythm Audio Files. That way - your able to play along and get the most out of these Lessons.
Let's get Tuned Up
Minor Power Chords Explained
Getting Started - Minor Power Chords
These Barre Chords will be rooted on the 2nd String (A String). We will Start with A Minor (Am)!
Am Chord Bm Barre
For the remainder of this Lesson - the finger positioning will stay exactly the same. To change the Chord that you are playing, slide the finger positioning to the matching Fret. There is not a lot to switching between the Guitar Chords, once you have the correct way to play them down. You can use a Guitar Tuner to find the Notes on the 'A' String, this will help in learning where the different Guitar Chords are found.
In the Practice Rhythm - You will use both Major and Minor Barre Chords. Remember Major Barre Chords are rooted on the 1st string. Minor Barre Chords are rooted on the 2nd string.
Cm Barre Dm Barre Em Barre
Cm Barre - Index Finger -Barred across Strings 1-5-Fret 3
Dm Barre - Index Finger -Barred across strings 1-5-Fret 5
Em Barre - Index Finger -Barred across Strings 1-5 Fret 7
Lesson 9 - Practice Rhythm
To make things a little easier as you are starting to add Minor Power Chords - I took the main part of the Lesson 8 Practice Rhythm and added it into the Lesson 9 Practice Rhythm. That way, the beginning part (starting with the E Minor (Em) will be the only new part that you'll be adding. Also - this is to show that by adding a few simple changes, the song will sound like a different song. ~I will be adding additional Bonus Practice Rhtythms in the future.
Em Barre B Barre Dm Barre A Barre Cm Barre E Major G Barre If it seems like this Practice Rhythm is hard - just keep working at it. Use the 'Dot Markers' on your Guitar Neck to help with Quick Changes. That's why they're there. ------Keep working at it, you'll get it!
If it seems like this Practice Rhythm is hard - just keep working at it. Use the 'Dot Markers' on your Guitar Neck to help with Quick Changes. That's why they're there.
------Keep working at it, you'll get it!
Free Christian Guitar Lessons Lesson 10
Go Back Home Let's get Tuned Up Sliding Guitar Chords The information that you will be learning in this Lesson, wasn't learned from an Instructor or in a Book. This was learned through trial & error. When I learned about Power Chords/Barre Chords, Major Power Chords were simply taking the E Chord finger position, barring the Fret with the Index Finger and moving it. With the Minor Power Chords, you did the same thing. But, with using the A Minor Chord finger position. After a little while I decided to try doing this with other Guitar Chords. And what I found, was pretty interesting! 1st of all I want to start by mentioning that I usually use this Technique specifically for a Bridge in a Song or for an intro. This allows you to take Guitar Chords that you already know and add a little extra to a Song that might be very simple. For the most part, many Guitar Chords that you have learned so far can be Slid to another Fret and have a different sound. In this Lesson, I will show you a few of them and then, we'll use this in the 'Lesson 10 - Practice Rhythm'. Sliding the 'D' Major The 'D' Major Guitar Chord was the 1st Chord that I tried this with. It's important to know that it doesn't sound good at all Frets on the Guitar. But, there are a few that sound really good. To make things simple, I will list the Fret that the Index Finger & Middle Finger are on. Sliding the 'C' Sus The 'C' Sus is another Guitar Chord that I've used in a Bridge to Song. It sounds pretty Cool and it's easy to do. The numbers listed below resemble the Fret with the Middle Finger and the Pinky Finger of this Guitar Chord. All the Fingers stay in the same position - They are just moved down the Neck of the Guitar. Sliding the 'F' Major ---Youtube Video - Sliding the F Major - Click Here---
Let's get Tuned Up
Sliding Guitar Chords
The information that you will be learning in this Lesson, wasn't learned from an Instructor or in a Book. This was learned through trial & error. When I learned about Power Chords/Barre Chords, Major Power Chords were simply taking the E Chord finger position, barring the Fret with the Index Finger and moving it. With the Minor Power Chords, you did the same thing. But, with using the A Minor Chord finger position. After a little while I decided to try doing this with other Guitar Chords. And what I found, was pretty interesting!
1st of all I want to start by mentioning that I usually use this Technique specifically for a Bridge in a Song or for an intro. This allows you to take Guitar Chords that you already know and add a little extra to a Song that might be very simple.
For the most part, many Guitar Chords that you have learned so far can be Slid to another Fret and have a different sound. In this Lesson, I will show you a few of them and then, we'll use this in the 'Lesson 10 - Practice Rhythm'.
Sliding the 'D' Major
The 'D' Major Guitar Chord was the 1st Chord that I tried this with. It's important to know that it doesn't sound good at all Frets on the Guitar. But, there are a few that sound really good. To make things simple, I will list the Fret that the Index Finger & Middle Finger are on.
Sliding the 'C' Sus
The 'C' Sus is another Guitar Chord that I've used in a Bridge to Song. It sounds pretty Cool and it's easy to do. The numbers listed below resemble the Fret with the Middle Finger and the Pinky Finger of this Guitar Chord. All the Fingers stay in the same position - They are just moved down the Neck of the Guitar.
Sliding the 'F' Major
---Youtube Video - Sliding the F Major - Click Here---
The 'F' Major will slide and sound good, too. The numbers below represent the Fret with the Ring Finger. Simply slide the whole Finger Formation to each of the positions below. This makes for a Cool Bridge in a Song. A Bridge is simply a Great way to break up a really simple Song.
Sliding the 'A' Major
The 'A' Major has similar qualities to the 'E' Major. Meaning - With the 'E' Major, if you slide the Finger Formation 1 Fret you get 'F'. If you slide the 'E' (3) Frets, you get 'G'. If you slide the 'E' (5) Frets, you get 'A' and So On. With the 'A' Major (pictured above) it's the same way. The 'A' Major is done at the 2nd Fret. If you move the same Finger Formation to the 5th Fret, you have 'C'. If you move it to the 7th Fret, you have 'D'. And, if you move the same Finger Formation to the 9th Fret, you have 'E'. This can go on and on - All the way down the Neck of the Guitar.
---In this quick Guitar Rhythm, each section is equal to an 8 count. So, (2** 22222) actually has 8 spaces or 8 Strums. The (*) means to let the Chord ring out. Since there are 2 of them, in each area it is used, you want to let the 1st Strum ring out for 2 seconds.
Lesson 10 - Practice Rhythm
In this Practice Rhythm, we are going to work on just 3 Guitar Chords (A, C & D). But, they will be played in each of the ways that you have learned in these Lessons.
We will include 'Sliding the A Major' that you just learned. This will get you more familar with changing between the Regular, Power & Sliding Guitar Chords. The Regular A and Sliding A (2) are the same!
To make this Practice Rhythm understandable
We will have the A, C & D listed as either Regular (meaning the way you first learned the Guitar Chord), Barred and Sliding A (The Sliding A, will be the same Finger Formation of the 'A' Major, but, slid to the different Frets). Keep in Mind - whichever way you play these Chords, your still just playing the A, C & D!
Here are the Gutiar Chords
Take your time - Run through the different Chord Transitions prior to attempting the recordings!
Regular 'A' Regular 'C' Regular 'D' Barred 'A' Barred 'C' Barred 'D'
Sliding A (2) = A Sliding A (5) = C Sliding A (7) = D
Using 'Sliding Chords' is very Non-Traditional. Many Guitar Players have Never heard of them or even thought about using them. I have found that they allow an 'Easy Way' to add a little variation from the Original Sound of a Song.
Have 'Fun' with these and Keep Practicing!
Working with the Pentatonic Scale
The Pentatonic Scale is one of the most common Guitar Scales used in Music. This Guitar Scale can be used for Guitar Soloing and basing a song around. If you plan on moving up to the Advanced Guitar Level, you will need to know this Guitar Scale inside and out.
The Pentatonic Scale consists of just 5 notes. Those 5 notes can be played in various places throughout the Guitar Neck, as long as you know how to play this scale.
In this Lesson, we are going to be just touching on the Pentatonic Scale. We could easily devote many Guitar Lessons to this topic. If you would like to know more about this Guitar Scale after you have completed this Lesson - you can look this up on the internet and find countless Lessons specifically for the Pentatonic Scale.
This is just 1 of many Guitar Scales and 1 of the Easiest at that. After you have Mastered the Pentatonic Scale, feel free to tackle other Guitar Scales. There are Major Scales, Minor Scales, Blues Scales, Diminished Scales, 7th Scales and then there are 7 Modes. Long Story Short - There is a lot that you can learn and you can go as far as you want to with the Guitar.
Let's Look at the Pentatonic Scale as a Whole
This is the G Major Pentatonic Scale. The 1st note that you would start with is the 'G' found at the 3rd Fret--6th String. This Scale can be moved to start at other places on the Guitar Neck. If you were to slide this whole pattern by 2 Frets to the 5th Fret, you would have the A Major Pentatonic Scale. The 5th Fret--6th String is an 'A' note. It's a good idea to try to match the Scale with the Guitar Chords that are being played, in the song that you are doing.
So, if the Song that you are playing starts with a 'G' Chord, you'd be safe adding the 'G' Major Pentatonic into the mix. This might seem like a lot to view at one time.
Let's Break this down into the '5 Positions' of the Pentatonic Scale
Pentatonic Scale Position 1 Pentatonic Scale Position 2 Pentatonic Scale Position 3
Pentatonic Scale Position 4 Pentatonic Scale Position 5
By 'Breaking This Down' into 5 different Positions, it allows a person to learn this entire scale much easier than trying to learn the whole thing at one time. In each of the Position pictures, you will see that on each string the dots (notes) are 3 to 4 Frets apart. Each Fret will have 1 Finger.
Let's look at Position 1
The dots furthest to the Right (Fret 3) you will use your Index Finger. From that position (going to the Left), the next Fret over (2nd) will use the Middle Finger, the 3rd Fret over will use the Ringer Finger and the 4th Fret over will use the Pinky.
Each of the positions are done this same way. Meaning - each Fret has it's own Finger, 2 Frets to the Left of the Index Finger will use the Ring Finger and 3 Frets to the Left of the Index Finger will use the Pinky Finger.
Time to Move Up to a Medium Pick! In all of the previous Lessons, I used a Thin Guitar Pick (.38 MM). Now that we are getting into working with individual notes, a Medium Guitar Pick is going to offer more precision. Precision is very important when Playing the Guitar! Using a Thin Pick when doing Guitar Scales is pretty hard. I recommend moving to a Medium Guitar Pick (.60 MM). Guitar Picks can be picked up at your local Music Instrument Store and are usually sold individually or in packs of 10. I usally buy them in packs of 10. That way, you don't have to worry about losing a Guitar Pick. Let's Practice - Position 1 of the Pentatonic Scale We will just be working on Positions 1 & 2, in this Lesson. Just parts of Position 1 & Position 2 will be used in the Practice Rhythm. I recommend working on the other Positions as well. This can be done on your own time. If you get the concept down with the first 2 Positions, the other Positions should be easy to learn as well. To get the most out of these recordings - Have your Guitar out, Tuned Up & Play along! Position 1 - Pentatonic Scale
Time to Move Up to a Medium Pick!
In all of the previous Lessons, I used a Thin Guitar Pick (.38 MM). Now that we are getting into working with individual notes, a Medium Guitar Pick is going to offer more precision. Precision is very important when Playing the Guitar! Using a Thin Pick when doing Guitar Scales is pretty hard. I recommend moving to a Medium Guitar Pick (.60 MM). Guitar Picks can be picked up at your local Music Instrument Store and are usually sold individually or in packs of 10. I usally buy them in packs of 10. That way, you don't have to worry about losing a Guitar Pick.
Let's Practice - Position 1 of the Pentatonic Scale
We will just be working on Positions 1 & 2, in this Lesson. Just parts of Position 1 & Position 2 will be used in the Practice Rhythm. I recommend working on the other Positions as well. This can be done on your own time. If you get the concept down with the first 2 Positions, the other Positions should be easy to learn as well.
To get the most out of these recordings - Have your Guitar out, Tuned Up & Play along!
Position 1 - Pentatonic Scale
Position 2 - Pentatonic Scale
Run through these recordings multiple times. Practice these 2 Positions of the Pentatonic Scale until you feel very comfortable.
As mentioned previously - Parts of these 2 Positions will be used in the Lesson 11 - Practice Rhythm.
Lesson 11 - Practice Rhythm
In the Lesson 11 - Practice Rhythm, we will using a combination of the Pentatonic Scale and Major Power Chords. This will be both Fun & Challenging. Most of the reason that this will be a Challenge is due to getting the timing down.
The parts of the Practice Rhythm that will use the Pentatonic Scale - In this Practice Rhythm, we will just be focusing on Position 1 & Position 2. And, we will just be focusing on String 5 & String 6 (the 2 thickest Strings). Instead of hitting each note once (like you are familar with), we will hit each note 2 times. I will do my Best to explain this out the Best that I can without over explaining things. Once you get through this Practice Rhythm, you will have new Doors open up for you - when Playing your Guitar!
Getting the Pentatonic Scale part down
In order for me to show you how to play this, I will have to put it in TAB Format. TAB Format will tell you which Fret & which String a note is played. If you need additional help on how to read TAB, you are welcome to go to a search engine (like Google or Yahoo), type in 'How to Read TAB' and you will find out all that you want to know (and prob more) about reading TAB for the Guitar.
Looking at this Diagram -
The 'E' (with the numbers on it) is the Low 'E' (Thickest String/String 6). The 'A' is the 5th String.
-Notice that there are 2 of each number, side by side. This simply means hitting each note 2 times. Looking at the start of this part - you will use the Index Finger at the 3rd Fret (2) times. Then, on the same String, you'll use your Pinky at the 6th Fret (2) times. Move onto the 5th String, Index on the 3rd Fret again. But, then the Middle Finger will be used on the 5th Fret. You will repeat this cycle 3 times. Then while still on the 5th String, you'll slide your Pinky to the 8th Fret (2) times - Index Finger on the 5th Fret (2) times. Move up to the 6th String - Pinky Finger at the 8th Fret (2) times and finish with the Middle Finger at the 6th Fret (2) times.
- This Whole Pattern is Repeated Twice, each time it's played!
Before Attempting to play the Lesson 11 - Practice Rhythm - Learn how to Play this part. Get to where you can play this very fast. I will have 2 recordings for this part alone. 1 Slow Tempo & 1 Fast Tempo.
Maybe this will help
The only Guitar Strings that you need to worry about to play this part are the top two Strings, String 5 ('A') and String 6 (Low 'E'). Get yourself very familiar with playing this part, it will be repeated about 3 times.
Pentatonic Intro/Bridge Part - 1 Time
-In the Practice Rhythm, this part is actually done 2 times before moving onto the next part. Let's practice it as it is actually done in the 'Lesson 11 - Practice Rhythm'.
Pentatonic Intro/Bridge Part - 2 Times
The Power Chord Parts
If you have completed Lessons 8 & 9, this part of the song should be pretty easy for you. Practice these Power Chord transitions and then listen & play along with the the recording for this section.
G Barre Chord C Barre Chord A Sharp Barre D Barre Chord A Barre Chord
-GGGGGGGG, CCCCCCCC - GGGGGGGG, A#A#A#A#, CCCC -DDDDDDDD, AAAAAAAA, CCCCCCCC, GGGGGGGG, A#A#A#A#A#A#A#A#, CCCCCCCC, DDDDDDDD
-DDDDDDDD, AAAAAAAA, CCCCCCCC, GGGGGGGG, A#A#A#A#A#A#A#A#, CCCCCCCC, DDDDDDDD
The Power Chord Parts
Let's put it all together!
The rest of the song should be pretty easy for you, if you are doing the Lessons in order. The rest of the song is done using Major Power Chords.
G Barre Chord C Barre Chord A Sharp Barre D Barre Chord A Barre Chord
---Let the 'D' ring out as End
*Lift your fingers up for 1 second explained - This is in there is to help you (the Guitar Player) to mentally restart your count of strumming and the pause will show that your moving to another part. You don't want it to seem like 1 continuous part. The pause will help to 'Break' the song up!
If you can Master this song - You are further than Most Guitar Players, with 4-5 years on the Guitar.
Once you are really comfortable playing this Practice Rhythm, move onto Lesson 12.
Free Christian Guitar Lessons Lesson12
In Order to explain 'Reverse Transposing', you will 1st need to understand 'Transposing' and how it is used. Through out my years of Playing Guitar in Churches, the 1 thing that I have seen more than anything is a 'Capo' (Pronounced as KAY-poe). A 'Capo' is a removable device that is used on the Guitar Neck to change the Pitch/Key of the Guitar. This is more so a Trick that Guitar Players can use to make Harder Guitar Chords easier to play.
The 'Capo' will stop the free moving Guitar Strings at what ever Fret that you place the 'Capo' on. If you look at your Guitar - The 'Nut' (just before the Head of the Guitar) stops the Strings. The Capo does the same thing. So, you could look at it as a 'Movable Guitar Nut'.
Here's An Example - Once you place a 'Capo' on the 4th Fret of the Guitar Neck, Frets 1-3 will not be picked up by the Sound Hole (Acoustic Guitar) or the Pick Ups (Electric Guitar). I don't want to over explain this. If you need a 'very detailed' explanation - do a Internet Search on 'Capo For Guitars'.
'Transposing' is a Term used, when using a 'Capo' to change the Key of a Song. Usually (but not always) a 'Capo' to change the Key of a Song to match the Singer's Voice. If the Main Singer doesn't have the ability to go as Low or High of a Pitch as the Original Singer of the song - A 'Capo' is usually used to allow the Song to be played in a different pitch. Once you place the Capo on the Guitar, you will still Play all the Original Guitar Chords. Since the 'Capo' is in place - The Song will be Played exactly the same. --Meaning the Timing and Spacing of your Strums will still need to be as close to the Original as possible.
The only difference is - The Song will be in a different Pitch, allowing the Singer(s) the ability to still sound Good. Even if the Pitch of the Song is usually way 'Too High' or 'Too Low' for the Singer.
Here is a Visual Example
This is a Diagram that I Built, which can be used to Quickly find what Guitar Chord to Play when using a 'Capo. You will want to start on the Side when 'Transposing'. You will look for the Original Guitar Chord and then follow that to match with the Number on the Top. The Numbers on the Top, represent the Fret that the 'Capo' is on.
In this 'Transposing Chart', I just went to the 8th Fret. I did this becasue, it's rare to use a 'Capo' past the 8th Fret - We want to just Focus on Useful Information!
Here's An Example Of How to Use This
The Original Guitar Chord was a 'G' Major. By placing the 'Capo' on the 5th Fret of the Guitar, the Pitch is changed. In order to Play the same Guitar Chord in sound, you would now Play a 'D' Major. The 'Capo - 5th Fret 'D' Major' will sound the same as playing a 'G' Major, it will just be a slightly higher Pitch.
In 'Example 2', we use the exact same pattern. But, Change the Chords and what Fret the 'Capo' is on. Looking at this Diagram, you can see the Original Guitar Chord that was Played, was a 'C' Major.
Once you place the 'Capo' on the 3rd Fret, you will need to Play a 'A' Major now. Same as Before - The 'Capo - 3rd Fret 'A' Major' will sound the same as playing a 'C' Major, just at a slightly higher Pitch.
Most songs that you will get as a 'Newer Guitar Player' playing in a Praise Team, will already have this part done. They will have the 'Lyric/Chord Sheets' (AKA - Songs to play), already Transposed. Usually on the top of the sheet, it will say 'Capo 4' or whatever 'Capo' position that you will need to be in. This could be in 'Capo 1' all the way up to 'Capo 8'. It's usally rare to go past 'Capo 8'.
This whole explanation, is to explain out 'What it all means'. And, you will need to understand this part in order to understand 'Reverse Transposing'.
Here is some 'Valuable Information' that I had a really hard time finding anything out on. Even in multiple Internet searches, there wasn't much mentioned on 'Reverse Transposing'.
Here is the 'Reason' why I put this as 'Lesson 12' Currently (Feb 2012), I am on a Praise Team as a Rhythm Guitarist. I am '1 of 3' Guitar Players (4, if you want to add the Bass Guitar Player) of this Praise Team. Most of the Songs that we Play, use a 'Capo' to work better with the Main Singer's Voice. The issue that I came across is that, you aren't able to Play Power Chords when using a 'Capo'.
My 'Mind Set' has always been - If I am going to be involved in a Prasie Team, I want to add to the sound of what is already being Played. I have always been a Fan of using Power Chords/Barre Chords, when I play Music. So, I started a Journey to find out how I could Play Power Chords and still 'Match' the sound of the other Guitar Players using Capos.
The 'Main Reason' that I Built the 'Transposing Chart' (that you saw at the Top of this Lesson), was more so for the intent of doing a 'Reverse Transpose'. Go ahead and look at this Diagram again.
This same 'Transposing Chart' can be used in Reverse. You can use this to find out - What Power Chords can I play to 'Match' someone using a 'Capo'? Let me give you an example, of what I mean.
In this Example - When someone is Playing a 'G' Major with a Capo on the 5th Fret, you get the same sound by Playing a 'D' Major/Minor (Either one will work) Power Chord. This is how 'Reverse Transposing' works. If you have done these Lessons in order and have completed all of the Practice Rhythms, you should have a good grasp on Power Chords by now. This piece in the Puzzle will allow you to play Power Chords, while playing Music with other Guitar Players that are using a 'Capo'. Let me give you another example.
In this Example - This is the 'Same Pattern' as in the previous example. When another Guitar Player is playing a 'A' Major with a Capo at the 3rd Fret, will sound the same by playing a 'C' Major Power Chord.
Keep In Mind - In order to use this in a 'Live' situation, you will need to do some work ahead of time.
Meaning - When you receive your Prasie Team (or other group) Songs, you will want to make copies of the Orginals, White Out the Chords on the Copies, Use the Formula that I explained and Mark the Copy of the Lyric/Chord Sheet with the Power Chords. The reason for having the Copies of the Original, to allow yourself to use the 'Capo' from time to time. Not all songs are going to sound Best, with Power Chords. It will be up to you to decide, what is way to make the song sound it's Best.
This has been a 'Very Long' explanation. My Goal with this Lesson, is to give you additional Freedom. Having the ability to 'Choose' whether to use a 'Capo' or not, is rare. Not many Guitar Players have learned this. Look at that as a Good Thing - You have information that many Guitar Players don't know.
Lesson 12 - Practice Rhythm
Here is a Practical way of using the infomation that you have just learned. This Practice Rhythm can be played by using either Guitar Capo or Power Chords. I'd recommend trying it both ways. If you don't own a Guitar Capo - you'll need one in order to play this Practice Rhythm with one. You can buy them at most Music Instrument Stores or On-line through various Websites. They cost about $15.00 for a Decent one. Go with a Decent one, over a really Cheap one. The Decent one's are Easier to use and Faster (Important) to change position. Most times when Playing 'Live' Music, you might only have 30-45 seconds between songs. You will not have time to work with a Cheap Capo. Cheap Capos take longer to get on & take off.
This is a 'Simple Song' to Play. It starts off with a Single Guitar and gradually other Instruments are added. This starts off with a Guitar using a 'Capo at the 3rd Fret'. There are only 3 Guitar Chords to the whole Song. This Practice Rhythm has a bit of a 'Psychedelic' feel to it. It's Style was based off of a song by the band 'Yes', called 'Wurm'. I am by no means the Lead Guitar Player that Steve Howe is. He is the Original Lead Guitar Player for this song. But, this will give the the chance to have 'Fun' with a Simple Song!
You can play this Practice Rhythm with either with a Capo or with Power Chords. Either way, you will just play 3 Chords and Repeat the Guitar Rhythm. Pay attention to the Changes in Strumming Patterns.
Capo 3 - 'E' - 'C' - 'A'
-- OR --
Power Chords - 'G' - 'D#' - 'C'
As mentioned before - There is only 3 Guitar Chords that are Played in this Practice Rhythm. Things start slowly and other instruments are added. As you get further into the Practice Rhythm, the Strumming Pattern has a lot of changes. The Changes in the Strumming Pattern, is what takes this Simple Song and makes it interesting. Try to stay away from becoming 'Mono-Tone' in your Strumming.
---This will help to keep you listeners Awake and Wanting more!