Guitar Solo #3

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Learn How To Play A Guitar Solo With Chords!

In this video we are learning the rhythm guitar track that goes with the video for ‘Guitar Solo #2‘. This is a pretty simple progression, but there are some unusual chords shapes that we will be using instead of regular open chord shapes. The rhythm on the sheet music has been simplified a bit so that you can focus on the general idea of the strumming patterns. Feel free to experiment with your strumming patterns once you have learned the two basic patterns presented in this song. Be sure to check out the up and down left hand indicators at the bottom of the tab. This will help you get the strumming patterns down properly. We have supplied you the chord diagrams for the shapes that are not as common as typical open chord shapes. Learn how to read chord diagrams here!

Use this lesson as an opportunity to learn new voicings that you can substitute for your open chords. A few of these chords are a bit tough to play at first, but once you get them down you will have some new options for some more common chords. This tune is divided in to two different sections. The first section would be like the chorus of a song and the second, like a verse. You will probably notice that the first section is a bit more lively and the second is more subdued. Keep that in mind when you are going back and forth between sections. This will help to give the song dynamics and keep it interesting.

The first section starts off with a G major chord. Instead of using a traditional open G major chord we will be using the shape that is based off of an open D chord. This shape is great when you don’t want to have a lot of low notes ringing out all of the time. The following two chords are a D and a C. The familiar A bar chord shape is used for these two chords. The next chord that you may not have seen occurs in the first half of measure four. This is just a C major chord, but it is based off of a partial G major bar chord shape. Check out the diagram for this chord and make sure not to play the bottom two strings. This shape will be used later in measure eight for both the C and D major chords.

When you get to the second section of this tune, remember to bring the intensity down just a bit. The second section starts off with some pretty familiar chord shapes. When you get to the fourth measure of the second section you will see a C major 7th chord with a G in the bass. This is a pretty cool open chord that you may not use very much. If you like the sound of this C major 7th chord, spend some time practicing it and use it in some other songs. The last tricky part of this song occurs in measure fifteen. This is just a walk-up from an A minor, to a C with a B in the bass, to a C with a G in the bass, to a D11 with an A in the bass. This may look a bit complicated, but it is really simple. Take it slowly and you will have it down in no time.

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