Learn how to play Close To You!
Carpenters ‘Close To You’ was written by Burt Bacharach so we are in for some clever chordal movement!
Starting off with an Asus2, Bacharach cleverly disguise where the tonal centre is since a sus2 chord could be pretty much any of the 7 chords from a key.
When the next chord enters a semitone below, followed by a minor chord a 4th it is clear to the eagled eyed key centre spotter that the first chord was in fact chord IV.
In the video lesson there’s a capo on fret three and the key you’re hearing is in G, when you play it though, think in E.
Close To You chord progression
The full Verse chord progression is (thinking in the key of E major):
II: Asus2 I G#m I G#m7 I C#m I
I Aadd9 I Aadd9 I E I E :II
The Verse is taking six bars to reach the E chord and resolve, very clever.
Also notice the difference between the Asus2 and Aadd9, the latter has a third.
Take the Advanced Guitar Course to learn more about the chords in ‘Close To You’. There’s full TAB of what happens in the video, including the solo section.
Close To You finger style
Similar to ‘Over The Rainbow‘, ‘Close To You’ is close to classical guitar playing using a floating technique of the right hand.
Using rakes (strumming a chord quickly one note after another) and finger style patterns this song which was originally performed on the piano works great on just one guitar.
Keep the tempo free, leaving time for the singer to come back in makes the Verse even better, providing a steady rhythm for the Chorus gives the arrangement a nice contrast.
You get all the TAB and explanations you could possibly need to play ‘Close To You’ when you take the Advanced Guitar Course.