Learn how to play Talking About A Revolution on one acoustic guitar!
‘Talking About A Revolution’ is a single off Tracy Chapman‘s hugely successful debut album.
In a string of three hits Tracy became world famous before you even turned the debut album over.
Using a super simple looped progression she wrote honest songs that sounded like they should be played on street corners and inspire real change.
In the video lesson I’ve added a breakdown picking pattern just to mix things up a bit.
This is a common trick when arranging for just one guitar, you have to put some dynamics in if you’re all on your own.
Talking About A Revolution chord progression
The chord progression for ‘Talking About A Revolution’ is very simple and has been used thousands of times before and after this release.
In the key of G we play the movement of I – IV – VI – V, translated to the key of of G we get these chords:
| G Cadd9 | Em D Dsus4 |
This progression is played on a loop for the entire song.
An in depth lesson about how to make something so repetitive work is available in the Beginner Guitar Course.
Talking About A Revolution chord extensions
To create an add9 chord we add the interval 9. For a C chord this is the note D. You find it on string two, fret 3.
To create a sus4 chord we replace the third of the chord with a 4th. For a D chord this is the note G that replaced an F#. You find it on string one, fret 3.
There’s an in depth lesson available on Talking About A Revolution in the Beginner Guitar Course covering strumming patterns, picking, dynamics and more!