3 September 2007

Your First Song

Now you know how to play two chords and are getting comfortable with changing from one to another. It's time to start playing them along to some real songs.

The first two-chord song I'm suggesting is the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want". You can view the song on the chordie.com site by following this link. You'll notice during the chorus that there are actually three chords in the song, but we're going to cheat a little so you can play it. You can play the rest of the song using the G and C chords you've learned (ignore the 'add9' for now).

But what about the A chord in the chorus? Well, obviously you could learn it, but it might take a little work - you have to press three left hand fingers onto the strings. In the meantime a simpler solution is simply to leave out that chord. Instead, don't play anything for one bar, simply sing the words.

This is a neat trick that you can use in many songs. It gives an emphasis to that bar and without anybody knowing it you can avoid playing an awkward chord that you have difficulty with. Below is a simple notation showing you how to count the beats and where to put the chord changes.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
I saw her...

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
A glass of ...

So, go ahead and have fun practicing until you can play and sing along smoothly.

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