Now we discuss a few pitfalls to avoid when encountering a typical chord/lyric sheet. Make sure not to change the rhythm of either the lyrics or the independent guitar part. Also, it is important to feel free to add your own flavor to the song and not interpret the music as flatly as it’s laid out on the page.

We use a lyric/chord sheet for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to learn what to do when you’re looking at a standard chord sheet.

We now take the elevator up and start thinking about songs as songs, rather than thinking on the basic level of chord shapes, progressions, rhythms, measures, techniques, etc.
Our first main principle is that playing at the higher song level will be MUCH easier if all the appropriate reflexes and mechanics have been developed.