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Pay Me My Money Down

G and C Chords

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Pay Me My Money Down > G and C Chords

Greetings Friends and Neighbors around the world! Welcome to guitar lesson #1.We’ll be exploring the possibilities for what I like to call Social Music - the music that we make when we gather together throughout life’s many festive, solemn, and casual occasions. Today we’ll dig into the song “Pay Me My Money Down.” I learned this from Frankie and Dougie Quimby of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. They said people would sing it while pulling boats out of the water. It’s a classic example of call and response work song which makes it an ideal tune for social music making. We’re going to focus on the chording hand and learn two crucial ones - the G chord and the C chord! These aren’t the easiest guitar chords to learn but I encourage you to stay with me here and work through them and I assure you you’ll be glad you did, the pay-off is huge!

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

Loop 0:51 What We're Going to Learn Today

Loop 2:02 Fingering and Parts of the Guitar

Loop 4:13 String Names and Numbers

Loop 4:56 C Chord Breakdown

Loop 7:50 G Chord Breakdown

Loop 9:14 Anchor Points When Changing Chords

Loop 10:38 Practice Loop of C and G Chords

Loop 11:18 Breakdown of Pay Me My Money Down

Loop 13:09 Practice Loop of Pay Me My Money Down


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Loop 15:22 What To Practice





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