I am 3 months into my guitar journey and I've been learning the basics with a book that's available at home. The book jumps into chords pretty quickly and is relatively clear but leaves a lot to the imagination in terms of explaining how to understand music theory. My issue is that the book explains what the Chord Symbols are but does not go into much detail about how to understand them. My current biggest issue is understanding how to play the chord symbols.
Below is a picture of the first "lesson" on chord symbols.
It talks about strumming patterns and how they apply to the shown song. My issue is I have no idea if I have to match the strumming pattern exactly and ignore all the notes or do something more complicated / simple. Here is what is confusing me:
- Do I strum four times per section while switching between C and G7 from one section to the next?
- Do I strum once, for the single note below the chord symbol, and then play the individual notes that come after?
- Do I strum the C chord, once per note, until I get to the note that has the G7 above it and repeat this process for the G7 chord until I see a C chord?
If the community could help me understand how to interpret, understand, and apply the theory of what the book fails to explain I would be very grateful.
I have another image in case anyone wants to use it as a teaching aid or wants another example of how the book presents the music to practice with.