clideguitar wrote:In example #3 there is a curved line that connects the F5 chord. What does that mean (let it ring?). When the curved line is on top does that mean something else?
That curved line is a "tie." It combines the timing value of the two chords. In this case, it combines two eighth notes into a quarter note. "Letting it ring" works fine in that case.
It doesn't matter if the curved line is on bottom or the top. What does matter is if the notes on both sides of the curved line are the same. If so, then it's a tie. If not, it's a slur. A "slur" is, at least as far as the guitar is concerned, either a hammer-on, pull-off, slide or bend. In Example #2, for instance, the first curved line is a slur, indicating a slide from the first chord to the second one. The second curved line is a tie, indicating that the chord is held for a duration of two eighth notes (just like the one in Example #3).
I hope this helps.
And thanks, Big Ed, for your kind words concerning this lesson and my other work here at Guitar Noise. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying them and having fun. That's what it's all supposed to be about!
Oh, and please call me "David," okay?