For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield Lesson

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I love ‘For What’ It’s Worth’! Glad I skipped the A & D chord songs as nothing interested me.

I found it both challenging and enjoyable strumming to the chorus with 2 strums on both the E & D, then switching to A, finishing off with a sweeping strum on the E and then the A.

I’ve also tried to incorporate the down and up strum on the 3 in my practice.

Thank you very much! It’s so rewarding to be able to play a song after 3 and a half weeks learning that is recognisable when I play. Even if I require more practice to become more fluid with the chord changes - especially from the E to the D (two strums) before 4 strums on the A


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I also love that song. I only recently (yesterday) started trying to apply the full strumming pattern (as opposed to just one downstrum per bar). The E to D chord change was already the hardest part of the song for me, so at first I was playing it with the tempo slowed down to 70%. Well, I finally got to 100% on the tempo, but now that two strums in the E followed by two in the D followed by the longer A is proving to be the most challenging part of the song for me.

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I also switched to playing full strumming in each bar - throwing in an upstrum on the 3rd, after the down - and I’m still thinking the chord changes, and haven’t committed to muscle memory yet.

The 2 strum on the E and D - switching chords - is the most difficult aspect; especially on days like today when my playing feels generally sloppy.

The cure - aside from more sleep and less family distractions - is keep doing what we’ve been doing: daily practice.

Update: I’ve hit a wall, and some of my strings are buzzy when strumming, which would indicate either poor finger placement and/or insufficient finger pressure. More inclined to believe it is the former, and need to go back to basics to consolidate good finger placement.

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l just wanted to hear from anyone who is learning their first song and how that is going for them. I am learning ‘For what its worth’ and having fun doing it. The two-beat changes between E to D to A kicked my butt for a while following along in the app, I just practiced this chorus separately and got that down plus focused on these during my one minute chord changes and it made all the difference.

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Nick, I’m not in your position I’ve been playing for years; I’m 70 now but still learning!
For the 6 years that I’ve been learning on JG I’ve learned more than in the rest of my life, I started at 12!
Carry on as you are and make sure that you are having fun and enjoying what you are doing, don’t allow it to get to be a chore, that’s really bad news!
Looking forward to hearing from you in the not too far future on AVOYP, that’s where to post your first attempt at recording yourself.

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Darrell. Thank you for the encouragement, it is very much appreciated. I have always wanted to play guitar and now, having retired just one year ago, have the time to dedicate to it. I get the greatest pleasure with just little improvements; faster chord changes and ‘cleaner sounding chords’ for example. I am just about to start my daily practice and when ready, will post my first recording. Nick

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