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Pay Me My Money Down > Strumming Basics

Greetings Friends! I hope you’re feeling comfortable (enough) with your G and C chords in the work song "Pay Me My Money Down." They certainly don’t have to be perfect right now but I hope that as the days pass you’re feeling a sense of progress. In this lesson we’re going to take a look at the strumming hand and see what we can do with a pick and with our fingers to give the song a groove. So much of what we’re learning now will become second nature very soon but for the moment it requires a bit of relaxed concentration. We’ll talk a bit about what that means too. These early stages of learning are the most challenging, the fun increases exponentially so I’ll be giving pep talks in this lesson as well.



Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Pay Me My Money Down

Loop 0:32 What We're Going to Learn Today

Loop 1:10 The Importance of Relaxation

Loop 2:14 Right Hand Breakdown (Down - Down Up)

Loop 4:29 Alternating Bass Notes (Bass - Down Up)

Loop 5:55 Practice Loop of Alternating Bass

Loop 6:25 Brush Up Breakdown

Loop 6:50 G Chord Alternating Bass

Loop 8:34 Practice Loop of Pay Me My Money Down with Alternating Bass


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Loop 9:27 Singing and Finding Your Voice

Loop 13:13 Breathing and Taking a Breath

Loop 13:35 Your a Guitar Player

Loop 14:15 What To Practice





Q: What will Dan be teaching over the coming year?

A: From Dan - Greetings Friends! Thank you for tuning in to Adventures in Social Music for Guitar and Uke here on Sonic Junction.

These are beginner and intermediate lessons. We’ll be exploring the basics for both instruments as we dig deep into the idea of Social Music. I spend a lot of time playing and practicing by myself but it’s when I play songs with other people that I feel the real joy that music making has to offer.

To a person who hasn’t had this experience, the idea of friends sitting and jamming together often seems like a magic trick. Something along the lines of pulling a ferret out of a shirt sleeve. So, we’ll break it down and make it possible for all of you to get to a place where you have a bag full of songs for most occasions and the skills to play them, by yourself and with others.

We’ll gather tunes for campfires, house parties, weddings, funerals, block parties, classrooms, and family reunions.

We’ll talk about developing a personal style.

I’ll break each song down for guitar and ukulele and work as many of my musician friends as possible into the lessons in order to give you a sense of what things can sounds like with a few people playing together.

I’ll also talk about singing, song leading, and the various ways to get everyone engaged...remember, it’s social music!

I look forward to sharing the adventures with you.

Dan Zanes

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