Chord changes that are not "on bar"; off beats and syncopations (2:5)
Changes which are Not on Bar....
In a situation whereby we want to change a chord earlier or later by eg half a count we would use a comma to split the chords up as show, and use a tie to link them up.
a – early change
b – late change
To find out which value and which stroke will the change of chords land on, we would have to look back into our strumming rhythm to match. (discussed later on)
If we're playing with a band, we would need a general consensus and values firmly stated down, as we can't have everyone changing chords on different values.
If everything were to be straight, changing chords on “1” and “3” for each bar, wouldn't that be boring? Hence we are going to learn different counts for us to change chords on.
This strumming pattern below will be our baseline for reference:
This was the previously mentioned progression earlier in the guide:
(a) – early change
(b) – late change
We would have to modify our strokes a tad to suit the change of chords:
* Tip: Try the sequence WITHOUT any changes of chords to familiarize first!
(a) early change
b) late change
*Take note the second half of the structure in (b) is different, it's normally done to lead into another part of the song, eg the chorus.