Learn how to play Angels on one guitar!
The massively successful piano ballad ‘Angels’ was written by Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams.
Spy Tunes one guitar arrangement of Angels is an example of how you could arrange piano parts for the guitar.
The first chord, a C shaped E major, use the low E and a pattern moving between bass note and chord to imitate the piano part.
Further down the arrangement, open strings are incorporated in order to make the arrangement sound as big as possible.
These chords, because of the open strings, get some strange sounding extensions attached to them.
Angels chord progression
There are four sections in Angels, each moving to a different area of the key.
The Verse is most at home around chord I, making it Ionian sounding.
II: E I E I A C#m/A I B :II
The Bridge moves between Dorian (F#m, chord II) and Lydian (A, chord IV) to create suspense.
I F#m I A I C#m I A I
I Dsus2 I Asus2 I E I Dsus2 A I E I
The second half employ a Dsus2 chord twice. This is the bVII chord and clearly creates tension.
The Chorus start on chord V and take four bars before we feel a sense of relief, hitting chord I again.
I B(add11) I C#m7 I Aadd9 I E I
There’s another couple of chords in the Chorus as well as a modulation for the Solo, I’ll get into all of that in detail when you take the Advanced Guitar Course.
Arranging Angels for one guitar
The original version of ‘Angels’ was decorated with a massive production including a full band and string orchestra!
To incorporate all this on just one guitar is off course impossible, instead it comes down to picking the most important parts.
A full understanding of the chords movement and what the melody does is needed to build the arrangement.
In the Advanced Guitar Course we learn the song exactly as it is played in the video lesson but we don’t stop there!
We also play the vocal melody and improvise over the chord progression.