Hello all of you, today we will be looking at playing chords by using Down and Up Strums. For most beginners the Down strum is easy, it is like gravity: Your strumming hand will naturally fall down across the strings. The Up-Strum, on the other hand, is usually the one that needs a bit of work. For this lesson we will be looking at the triplet which is played by using Down and Up strums.
Here are the fingerings for the Chords for the following Chordprogression:
C F G
Play the chords in following order: C FCG :]
Strum EACH Chord as follows: Down Down DownUpDown Down
Counting for each bar is: 1 2 3 e h 4
N.B: Observe that you play 3 strums on Beat 3. This kind of rhythm is called a Triplet: You create three sounds [Strums in this case] over One Beat.
You can play Beat Three on its own by just playing the Triplet-feel. For more experienced players I would suggest playing the triplet-feel by Mutting the strings, this will create a percussive effect in the middle of the harmonic sequence.
Feel free to use different Chord Fingerings, as many as you like really, and experiment.
# Record the sequence and use it for improvising, use the C major Scale and the Am Pentatonic to create your own melodic ideas.
# Transpose the sequence to different keys like D major, F major and A major.
# Play the sequence by only using PowerChords [ A chord which only has a Root Note and a 5th ] play sequence with a different feel.
The album “The Wall” from Pink Floyd produced some of those classic songs that any guitarplayer seem to like. For this lesson I will mainly concentrate on the first part of the song. I have adapted the song a little bit: Added a bassriff which makes the chordprogression flow beatifully. I have done it in the style of Pink Floyd, so do not worry as I have not killed one of your favourite songs.
Pink Floyd’s music is very simple in nature. It strikes me that a lot of you seem to think it is very complex. The simplicity of the music makes it possible to create those huge soundscapes with the solos and soundeffects. Pink Floyd is best listened to with headphones on, while listening to the album from start to finish, in that way you will get transposed to the scenery the band creates for you. I used to listen often to Pink Floyd’s music while watching TV with the sound down and the stereo playing the music of the band. The music often suited the film I was watching at the time, it worked almost like the songs were made to suit the scenery of the film.
Have a listen to the song now:
Here are the Chords and the Bassline For the First Part:
Bm A GEmBm / / / / /
D ————-0– —————–0— ———————- ——————0– HHH A ——0–2—— ———–0–2—— ———————– ————0–2—– Repeat part !!
E —————– ———————- ——-2————– ———————-
Count 123 4 e h 12 and 34
Again, like in the previous lesson, I suggest you playing the Bm as a barrechord:
G –4—- This chord is based on a Am-shape barrechord with the the Root of the Chord on the Second Fret of the A-String D –4—-
Please obseve the counting: One strum which rings for 3 beats and then a almost Triplet feel for the bassriff: You get Three clicks in the space of One Beat. Bar Three is different: 2 beats for the G, on the AND of the Second beat you play a Bassnote before progressing to the Em chord which you hold, again, for Two Beats.
This is only the first part of the song, next section does contain another chordseqence. I only wanted to introduce you to the first part for now.
What about the Solos you may wonder? Good Question, most of them are played in Bm Pentatonic. Just get one phrase and play around with it. Get a big sound from your amp. and play. How to create that huge sound is a lesson in itself. The main thing is to get a distortion sound which is fairly clean with some compression and a little delay. I will create some future blogs on the subject of sound and effects but for now will mainly concentrate on playing songs and different playing techniques.
Enjoy for now and hope to see you soon again!! Eddie
Hello to all of you, you may be new to this site or you may be a regular visitor. You may happen to know me from the past, we may have met before, you may be here for guitarrelated information. You may be here just to see how I am doing.
You get can it touch, did you know? I have a contact page and I do not mind you mailing me, it may be with regards to lessons or it may be just to have a chat to see how things are.
For all of you who do visit this blog regularly for lessons and tips, you can ask me requests to work out any of favourite songs. All the songs you will find here are songs which have been chosen by any of my pupils. There are still a lot of songs to be put up on the site. Apart from songs I want to put up more theory-related ideas, also ideas with regards to songwriting, using pedals and amps and articles related to guitars.
The blog is still under development, within two months it should get a different look and feel and it may be easier to search its content.
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.