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Today we will have a look at “The Guitar Man” by Bread. It is one of those typical late 60s, early 70s songs, very similar in feel to “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young. We will concentrate mainly on the chords of the song, not the Slide part and the Wah Wah part as used for the Solos. The Solos are all done in E minor Pentatonic. If you understand the guitar and you can play, the solos should not give you any problem as there are fairly simple. I have arranged the song for the purpose of this lesson, the strumpattern you will find here is not necessarily how the song is played, however, by following my guidelines you will get a good idea of how the song sounds. Once you can play my arrangement I would suggest trying to play along with the actual recording and try the strumming of the chords as it is done on the recording.
Let us first have a listen to the song:
Here is the Intro, play this twice. First play the bassnotes then one strum for each chord. Listen to the song to hear the feel, then play as suggested.
G CDDsus4 DDsus2D / / /
E ——————————– ———————————-3———2——–0——-2———-
B ——————————– ———————————–3———3——–3——-3———-
G ——————————– ———————————–2———2——–2——-2———–
D ——————————– —————-0–0————–0———0——–0——-0———–
A ———————3–3——- —————————————————————————
E —3–3————————- —————————————————————————
Verse (and main Chorus)
Play again the intro as it is also the first two bars of the verse. The rest of the verse reads like:
A –3–3—–3-3—– –2–2–2—-2–2–2—– —0–0——-0–0—– ———————–
E ———————— ————————— ————————- ————————-
Breakidea ( you will hear this after the D chord, my version is a bit different!!)
Play the break idea in between end of verse and the beginning of the Bridge
Counting: 1 and 2 34
Here is the Bridge part, it uses Slashchords, which mean you keep the same chord but change the bass. Slashchords are a method to change the pace of the harmony while the main harmony (Chord) remains the same.
CCbAm DG GbEm E
E ———0———0—- ——–0——-2—- ———3———-3—– ———-0————0———
B ———1———1—- ——–1——-3—- ——–0———-0—– ———0————0———-
G ———0———0—- ——–2——-2—- ——–0———-0—– ——–0————1———-
D ———2———2—- ——–2—-0–0—- ——–0———-0—– ———2————2———-
A –3——3—-2—2—– –0—-0————- ——–2———-2—— ———2————2———-
E ————————– ———————- —3—3——2———- –0—–0——-0—-0———-
/ / / / / / / / /
E ————————– ———————– ————–0—0–
B ————————– ———————— ————–0—0– repeat bridgepart!
G ————————– ————————- ————–2–2–
D ————————– ————–0–0—— —————2–2–
A –0–0——0–0——— —0–0—————– —————2–2–
E ————————— ————————- ———————-
Here is the Endpart:
C C E E / / / /
E ————————- —————————-
B ————————- —————————-
G ————————- —————————-
D ————————- —————————-
A –3–3——–3–3—– —————————–
E ————————– —0–0———0–0——-
Intro 2x Verse 1 Verse 2 Bridge intro Verse 3—-played from the Em onwards Bridge End
~ Play along with the recording, first using suggested playing method, then change strums according to the song. ~ Play a sus4 chord on the A of the Verse ~ Play my suggested breakpart in between verse and bridge, try to become free with your playing.
~ Listen to “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, the end of this song sounds like Bowie’s song, again Bowie’s song is from the late 60s. Songs from same period tend to use similar ideas and sounds.
~ Try playing “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young. I may put it up here at some stage when I get time. See if you think this song has a similar feel to the one I introduced you to here.
Hello everyone, today we will have a look a the party cracker called “Happy Birthday”. Some day, someone will ask you to entertain the crowd at the party next door, this tune may be a welcome start to get you going at that party. I have included the words and chords for this occassion. The / indicate strums. Enjoy, Eddie
Today I will introduce you to two OPEN MINORCHORDS most of you will already know. Here are the two chords:
Okay, now what you can do with these chordshapes is to create different chords with the same shape. You can do this by barring your first finger across all the strings. Before we will try any new chords, play the given chordshapes with the following fingers:
Am : finger 2 (middle finger) for fret 1 on Bstring, finger 3 (ring finger) for fret 2 on Gstring and finger 4 (pinky) for fret 2 on the Dstring. When you use this fingering you will notice this fingering is different from what most people tend to use. Notice that your first finger ( index finger) is not used at all. Great!! We will use this finger for the barring. Keep using this fingering anytime when you need to play minor chords which use the Am-shape.
For Em use this fingering: finger 2 (middle finger) for fret 2 on the Astring, finger 3 (ring finger) for fret 2 on the Dstring. Again observe this fingering is different from what you usually use. Finger 1 is free, free to do all the barring you will need to create different minorchords along the fretboard.
Just another observation before we will create different chords: The Rootnote for the Em chordshape is the open low Estring, the Rootnote for the Am chordshape is the open A string. When you will move your first finger across the fretboard to create barre chords the place where the rootnote is will not change, what will change is the pitch (= the name) of the chord.
What is Barring?
Good question. It is the act of placing your FIRST finger across the fretboard to play all six strings. Try this, just use only your FIRST finger, place it anywhere on the fretboard: fret 5, fret 2, fret 7, fret 10 ect. Try to create a sequence of numbers which sound good to your ears instead of just playing any random numbers, also try to play with a particular rhythm, so you are actually making music. This type of excersise will make your first finger stronger, it will be more used to playing barrechords when you get to actually playing real barrechordshapes.
Let us now use the Am shape, and only the Am shape to play the following chordsequence. I have put the fretnumbers underneath the chords, they indicate where you put your first finger, and also tell you where the Rootnote is on the A-string.
BmDmC#mEm :] Play four strums for each chord, all using Am shape (2) (5) (4) (7)
Now play this chordsequence, again using only Am chordshape, while barring your first finger on the frets indicated underneath:
Fm CmEbmBbm :] (8) (3) (6) (1)
Okay, getting used to it? Right let us now use the Em shape, and only Em shape for the following sequences:
AmF#mGmC :] (5) (2) (3) (8) Again, the fretnumbers indicate where to place your first finger and it also indicates where the Rootnote of the chord is.
AbmFmBbmAm :] (4) (1) (6) (5)
@ Change the rhythm of the strumming, create a rhythm you like, copy the rhythm of a song you like ect. This in order to make your strumming less mechanical.
@ Play songs you already know which use open minor chordshapes with the Am and Em shape, play those songs now with the new barrechordshapes, it will make the chords sound different, as you play the shapes higher on the fretboard.
@ Start experimenting with mixing different minor chordshapes, play songs where you will be using both the Em and Am shape as barrechords.
Try to apply, whatever it is you have learned, for songs and ideas you already play. By doing this will learn so much. You yourself are your own best teacher, as noone really knows what you like best. Music is an individual artform, yes you can learn from others, but you need to experiment with whatever you have been shown and create things yourself. It does take time, sometimes it seems to take forever, but just carry on and do not give up!
Hope you enjoyed some of these ideas, and hope to see you again some time soon! Eddie
Hello welcome to the first blog of 2011. Hope all of you had a great start into the New Year. Today we will start things off with this Fleetwood Mac song. It comes from the “Rumours” album. The song is probably one of their best known songs. Fleetwood Mac started out as a bluesband in the 60s, the band went through a lot of changes and line-ups. The album where this songs comes from [around 1975] was the more successful period for the band.
Here is the song for all of you who do not know what I am talking about:
For this lesson I will just concentrate on the chords of the song. We will also be using a Capo, but later more about that.
Here are the chords for the verse:
BbBbBb F Play this whole part 2x
Here are the chords for the chorus:
DmBbCC Play this part 3x
Structure: Verse 1
Solo over Verse
Chorus + outro Solos
When you listen to the song you will hear that the acoustic guitar does have a high sound, you can get near that sound by using a Capo on the 5th fret.
Play now the song by using the following OPEN chordshapes:
Verse: CC CG
F F FC
That’s it for now, enjoy and see you around next time
Hello everyone, today it is time to have a look at this all time favourite song. It contains a great riff, simple but effective, nice chordsequence to play around with and a great chorus containing powerchords to finish the song off with. What more would you like to enjoy yourself with on a Cold Winters Day??!
Okay for those not familiar with the song, here it is:
Here is the intro:
E ————3————————– ————-0——————————————
B ————3————————– ————1——————————————
G ————0————————– ————0——————0———————– P OP O D ————0——4–5–4–5–4–0– ———– 2——–0—2—————————–
A ————2————————– ——-3—3—-2————————————–
E ——3—-3————————– ———————————————————
Just listen to the orginal song from the video to get the rhythm of the into. Now the way I put the intro is not how Bowie plays it, however it is a great way to get that full sound of the intro. I believe it is near impossible to get the sound of the recording on one acoustic guitar. I will include two other videos from Youtube from another guitartutor who will show you how to play the intro in a different way. I would suggest you to check it out after you can play the way I put the intro here.
Gosh do I need many words to put all this information accross here eh?
Alright, now it is time for the verse. Here the chords for the verse:
GEm A C :]
Play Bm as a Am-shape barre chord
Here are the chords for the chorus:
For those powerchords I play something like this:
E –5——3—–1—– Notice when playing F5 play after the chord an open E on your low E string, so you
go 1st fret low E then open E then back to the 1st fret ect. Listen to that part
over and over again if you are not sure!
Structure of the Song:
Verse: Only Once!!
Chorus: 3x Final Intro: 4x
As for strumming patterns chords ect. Please listen to the recording since it is my believe that this song is clear enough for most people to hear by ear what is going on strummingwise. It really does not matter if it does sound a little different from the recorded version you hear in the video, as long as you get the flow and feel of the song.
Okay, now two videos of this good old chap here [No, this it not me, my accent sounds much sweeter!!] I have chosen this video since he is very clear in his explanation, and what he mentions about the strumming ect. is similar as my own beliefs and attitude:
P.S: Notice his different intro compared to my version. Try it to see which one you like better!!
P.S. Notice the difference in some of his chords, and the chorus: No Powerchords but Barrechords. Try both ways to see whichever way you like it. Playing electric ,you may prefer powerchords with a little bit of distortion on your amp. Anyway just see what works for you.
Okay folks that is it for today, hope you enjoy your new song and would like to meet you all again in the New Year. Eddie
Hello everyone, today we have a look at the song I mentioned in my previous blog. It is “Norwegian Wood” sung by John Lennon. Like “War is Over” this song is also played with the 6/8 feel.
For anyone who is not familiar with the song, have a listen here:
Here is the Chordsequence including the Melody in between the chords for the fist part of the song:
E E E EE
E —————— ——————— ———————– ————————
B———2–0—– ———————- ———————– ————————
G—————-2– —————2–1– ———————– ————————
D ——————- ———–4———- ————-4——– ————————-
A ——————– ———————- ——–5———–4- ————————-
E ——————— ———————- ———————- ————————-
Count:123 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 123 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
Repeat fist part once again!!
EmEmEmEm AAA A
EmEmEmEm AA B : ] Repeat sequence from top to this point.
Fingering for B Chord ( Yes it is a Barre Chord):
Observe the 6/8 feel, in the fist part the Chord gets 3 beats, than each melody note receives one beat until the end of the bar, easy really as the bar is divided up into chord for 3 beats and 3 beats for the melody. The second part ( from Em) is just chords, again two chords per bar will do. Listen to the feel, once you get it start adding more strums.
Hello all of you, because we are near Christmas (and yes, as I am typing this, it is snowing!!) we will have a look John Lennon’s “War is Over”. For those of you who do know some of the music of the Beatles and Lennon as a Soloartist, this song is a typical John Lennon song. He plays the song with a little melody within his chords. Similar songs of this kind are “Norgwegian Wood” and “Woman. Similar as “Norwegian Wood” this song is in Six/Eight feel, which means 6 beats which all last an 8th in length.
First have a listen to the song here before I go into detail:
Here is the basic chordsequence for the whole song, observe the two chords per bar rhythm in 6/8 :
D DDDG G GG
C C C CDmDmDmDm
G G G G C C C C
F F F F GG G G
DmDm FF CC D D
Once you are comfortable with the sequence and feel, then start playing the chords like this:
GGsus2Gsus4 GAmAmsus2 Amsus4AmD Dsus2Dsus4D
E ———————– –0——-0——-0———-0——- –2——-0——-3——-2——
B –0—0——1—0—- –1——-0——-3———-1——- –3——-3——-3——-3——
G –0—2——0—0—- –2——-2——-2———-2——- –2——-2——-2——-2——
D –0—0——0—0—- –2——-2——-2———-2——- –0——-0——-0——-0——
A –2—2——2—2—- –0——-0——-0———-0——- ———————————-
E –3—3——3—3—- ———————————— ———————————-
E –0—–0—-1——-0- —–1——–0——-3——–1———
B –1—–3—-1——-1- —–3——–3——-3——–3———
G –0—–0—-0——-0- —-2——–2——-2——–2———
D –2—–2—-2——-2- —-0——–0——-0——–0———
A –3—–3—–3——3- —————————————–
E ————————- —————————————–
Here is the Full Chordsequence with the New Chords, again two chords per bar!!:
C Csus2 Csus4 CDmDmsus2Dmsus4Dm
G Gsus2 Gsus4 G C Csus2 Csus4 C
Chords for Chorus remain unchanged, play them as mentioned in the beginning of this Guitar Tutorial!
A good way to play those new chords is to play one strum per chord, once you are comfortable with them start putting in more strums as you did for the sequence mentioned in the beginning of this lesson. John Lennon’s version is in the key of A, I have chosen for key of G as it gets you around the Bm barre chord and other “akward fingerings”.
Hope you enjoy playing those “new” chordshapes and see you next time around. Eddie
Hello, today we will be looking at a Peter Green Song. It is called ” Apostle” and is from the late 70s, from the “In the Skies” album. Peter Green started out with John Mayall and the BluesBreakers. He replaced Eric Clapton who had left the BluesBreakers to form Cream later on. Peter Green only stayed for one album with the BluesBreakers and then went on to create Fleedwood Mack.
It is worth to check out all the guitarists from this period ==1960s upto late 1970s== as a lot of those guitarplayers had a lot in common, they all had their roots in bluesmusic, but they all developed their own styles and sound. A few names who come to mind are Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jeff Beck and Jimi Page. Next to them it may be worth looking at Keith Richards and Mick Taylor. From all of these guitarplayers Jeff Beck may be the most interesting and prolific player, but then again, that may be just my own personal taste………..
Compared to the list of players mentioned before Peter Green is certainly one of the guitarplayers who seemed to be able to create great melodic compostitions at the time. Think of Albatros and Black Magic Woman, as both songs do contain a memoriable melody. It is this side of his musicianship which comes back in his later period, from the late 1970s up to early 1980s. During this period he made some albums which do not really sound much like any of the Fleetwood Mack material he had been associated with before.
Before I will carry on with the rest of this lesson first have a listen to the song we will be looking at: Listen to the chords and the three different parts which makes up this song. It sounds reallly simple but melodic at the same time.
The first part of the song contains just two chords: Em and G, You can finger them like this:
x x x x 0 0 Notice that I do not play the top two strings, this for the melody 2 0 to come out better! 2 2 0 3
Now have a look at these two E minor scalepatterns as they are slightly different from what you would expect them to be:
Here is the Melody of the first part including the chords. It is an 8 bar section played twice. Each line contains two bars. The chords are played two strums per bar.
Em G EmG
E —————————————— —0————————— ~ B—————–0—3——2——-0—– ——-3——2——0—0—- H G ——-0–2——————————- ——————————–
D —2————————————– ——————————–
A ——————————————- ———————————
E ——————————————- ——————————–
E —————————————— -0————————————— ~ B ——————0—–3——-2—0— –3–2———————————— HSlide G ——-0—2—————————– ——–4—2—-0–(2)—4—0———-
A —————————————— ——————————————-
E ——————————————- ——————————————-
E ————————————— ————————————————
B ————————————— ————————————————
G ————————————— ———————————————— PullSlideHPull D –2—0———-(2)–4—2–0——- –0—2–0————————————-
A ————-2———————-2– —————2——————————– Pull E —————————————– ———————-3——0——————
E ————————————– ————————————————–
B ————————————– ————————————————–
G ————————————– ————————————————– Repeat PullSlide all 8 Bars D –2–0——(2)–4—-2————- ———-2———-2————————— once again!
A ———2——————-5—-2— —5———————————————–
E —————————————- —————————————————-
Pull= Pull-Off, H= Hammer-On, ~= Vibrato
Here are the Chordshapes for the Second Part:
AmG E # AmD
G —5—-4—-1—————2—–2—- N.B: Observe different fingering for Am at #
Here is the pickingpattern for playing the chords:
Count: One And Two And Three And Four And
N.B: Picking Pattern is similar for all chords! Careful with the picking for the half bar chords, the rhythm stays the same but the strings will be different, each part of the Beat is played, make sure you play 8 strings per bar!! Observe the different fingering for the Am chord near the end of the full sequence, it is indicated by #.
The beauty of this sequence lies in the half Barre Chords, and how they move the music along, the different fingering for the Am chord is used to preserve the linearity of the sound. Get used to this kind of playing as it will improve your chordplaying a lot. Do not jumps up and down the fretboard like a Clown! Only do this when you want to sound like a Clown!! And yes, there will be times when you just want this.
Here is the full chordsequence, play it with the given pickingpattern, play it slowly at first making sure you get the fingering and the counting right!
GE #Am D N.B:# = OPEN CHORD of Am
Here is the Melody of the second part:
E ——————– ———————– ——————– ————————-
B ——————– ———————– ——————– ————————- *Hold until next bar G –9—————- –9–7—5—-4—— ——————— ————————- Slide D ——————- ——————-5— –7—-(9)—7—— ————————-
A –7—————- –7–5—3—-2——- ———————- ————————-
E ——————– ——————-3— –5—-(7)—5—— ————————–
Count: 1and 2 and 3 and 4 1 and two 34 and 1 and 234
E ——————- ———————– ———————- ———————————–
B ——————- –8——————– –10—12—11—— ———————————–
G –9————— ———————– ———————– ———————————-
D —————— –5——————– –7—-9—-10——- ———————————-
A –7————— ———————– ———————— ———————————-
E ——————- ———————– ———————— ———————————-
Count: 12 34 1234 1 2 34
G EAm D Slide E –10————– –7—————— –(8)–7–5————- —————————– SlideSlide B ——————- ——————— —————–(7)–9– –7—————(7)—9—
G –7————— –4—————— –(5)–4–2————- —————————–
D —————— ———————- —————–(8)–7– –5—————(5)—7—
A —————— ———————– ————————– ——————————
E —————— ———————— ————————– ——————————
Count: 1 234 1 234 1 2 34 and 1234 and
E —————— ———————–
B –5—4—-2—– ———————–
G —————— ———————– Repeat Whole Melody Once Again!
D –3—2—-0—– ———————–
A —————— ———————–
E —————— ————————
Count: 1 2 34
N.B: Whole Melody Second Part Contains of Octaves, You Can Play Them With Your Fingers Using Pinch Technique, Or Use Plectrum While Observing You Only Play Two Strings At a Time. Observe The Counting And Play Carefully Melody While You Count ( And Feel) The Melody!
Here are the Chords for the Third Part:
G E AmG7
D —- 0——2—–2—–0——————————————
E —–3——0———– 3——————————————
The Chords are Organised in Four Bars, They Read as Follows:
Play them by using two strums for each chord, hold the final E Chord.
Here is the Melody for the Third Part in Open Postion:
G E Am G G7Am E
E ————–0——— ——————————– —————-0–1–5–3– —————————
B —–0–1-3—-3–1–0 ———0–1—3—1—0—– ——0–1–3————— ——-0–1-0————-
Observe where the chords are, notice that the first 3 notes of the melody are left without counting, you can treat them as an extra triplet, come in with the chord when you start counting. Dividing the rhythm up in this way makes it easier to feel the song.
Some of you may say that the Melody of the third part should be played higher up the fretboard. True!!, instead of me writing this one out for you, I will give a hint how to play this: Play exactly the same as written but start on fret 14 on the G-string. You will now be playing in the 12th postion of the guitar, and yes, the melody is played up there in the song! I have chosen for the open postion as it may be easier for the folks who play an acoustic without a cutaway. If you can play the guitar the melody should not give you any trouble anyway!
Structure of the Song:
First Part 2x Second Part 2x Third Part 1x Second Part 1x and finish
Ideas for Further Study:
This song is a good example of how to create a melody over a given chordsequence. Instead of me analysing the song I will give you an idea how you can analyse the song for yourself: Write down all the notenames of the melody, look at the chords, and see if you can find the relation between chord and melodynotes. Write also the notes of the chords down, now you really start to see which notes do reappear when you play the melody.
Why do I not analyse this song for you then? Sometimes it may be better just to play a little song you have been given without thinking about it too much, if you are hungry for more, go ahead and analyse the notes. You will learn a lot from it, it may take you a little time, but then again, think about how long it took you to learn to speak, write and walk.
Have a wonderful time and hope to see you next time for some Festive Songs.