Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here and I’m very excited
to be with you today. I want to show you a little
bit of “Me and Bobby Mcgee” by Janis Joplin. So grab
your guitar and then grab yourself a G chord and
grab yourself a D7 chord and try this rhythm.
First of all, if you don’t know the G chord, learn it.
Check-out my other video on the seven essential guitar
chords. D7 might be a little new, so put your middle
finger on the 2nd fret of the G string, 1st fret on the
1st fret of the B string and then your ring finger on
the 2nd fret of the high E string and play the top
The strum rhythm is going to be like this. It’s like one,
two, and, four-and; one, two, and, four-and. So you don’t
hit on the 3rd beat; the two stretches out. Instead of one,
two, three-and, four-and; one, two, three; notice I’m saying
the three while I’m not strumming. One, two, and, four-and;
one, two, and, four-and. You strum on G for like two bars,
you go into the D7 at the end of that. The beginning of that
it two bars. You’re going to go to the D7 early. Now you stay
on D7. A little bit of a C chord for one beat on the turnaround
there. Later in the song the whole thing is going to modulate
up to the key of A, but we’re not going to worry about that
just for this little lesson. I just want you to get that
basic thing down.
If you’re a beginner, check-out my Ultimate Beginner Guitar Course.
If you’re not a beginner check it out anyway because there’s just
tons of amazing songs. It’s guitarcontrol.com/beginner.
Go check it out. Thanks a lot. Bye.