The G, D, Em, C sequence is a real building block of contemporary song. Hundreds of songs use this exact sequence, and many more use the same chords in a slightly different order. So the effort you invest getting the chord changes going will result in you being able to play many songs.
Here are some audios you can play along to. If you’re working on getting the chord changes going, start off with one or two one minute changes between each pair of chords, and work towards playing each chord once on beat one of the bar. (Reminder-here, each bar lasts for four beats, or a count of four). Use the first set of audios labelled ‘Training’ and you’ll hear one guitar strum on beat one, and just drums marking the remaining beats. Try to keep up with the chord changes moving to faster tracks as your chords get a bit quicker. You can start adding in a second strum when your changes speed up. It’s a good idea to start on the training audios, as it can be hard to pick out the guitar and the beat AND play along when you’re starting out. Soon, though, it will feel much easier and you can play along with the band tracks underneath that have more instruments in them.
If you are struggling to know which chord is which, try counting each chord out loud. This is a great way to learn fast!
Training audios: Just click on the text link below to open the audio file, and play along.
When this is easy, you can add more strums, and move on to playing with the band tracks underneath. Because there are more instruments playing in the band tracks, they sound fuller and more musical than the training audios, but if you are starting out, it can also be harder to hear and count – so don’t worry if you lose your place from time to time.
Play the ‘rock and pop’ one first as the drums will make the beat easier to hear and count. You can then try the acoustic one. The reggae one is cool to practice your upstrokes to.
If you find you’re getting lost to start with, this is normal – just find your G chord and wait for the sequence to go back to the G. Counting out loud helps.