Intermediate Guitar Lesson 5

Lesson 1

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 1

Lesson 1 - Practice like Charlie Parker!

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Lesson 2

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 2

Discover the secret to successful practice!

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Lesson 3

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 3

All minor barred chords and I'm Yours!

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Lesson 4

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 4

Learn how to play all minor barred chords!

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Lesson 5

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 5

A Change Is Gonna Come, if you practice!

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Lesson 6

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 6

2nd Guitar part for Blowin' In The Wind!

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Lesson 7

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 7

Whistle For The Choir in 4 keys!

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Lesson 8

Intermediate Guitar Lesson 8

Hey There Delilah extravaganza!

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A change is gonna come, if you keep changing those chord shapes!

In the last few intermediate guitar lessons we learned how to play sections of barred minor chords and barred major chords.

In intermediate guitar lesson 3, the song was I’m Yours by Jason Mraz and the key might have been a bit unfamiliar, it’s not every day you play in B major!

Hopefully this made you think in chord numbers and shapes rather than chord names. Let’s continue this journey by again creating a second guitar part, this time to Sam Cooke‘s classic: A Change Is Gonna Come.

A Change Is Gonna Come guitar lesson

This song is in 6/8 time, again, this might be new to you but don’t worry, it’s not hard.

I the video lesson I strum away and put the weight of the rhythm on the 1 and 4, like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6.

Before you begin the lesson, have a listen to my version, count along saying 1 2 3 4 5 6, as you do, say 1 and 4 louder than the other beats.

A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part

In today’s lesson we are going to create a picked part that will sit nicely along with my strumming part you hear in the video above.

Off course we will do this in every area of the neck, but this time we are going to use a capo.

However, before we start moving things around, let’s work on the picking pattern.

Open position picking pattern

The trick with simple picking patterns and second guitar parts is consistency, so we are going to play on every single beat, throughout.

Just like when you counted along with the video, put extra weight on the 1 and 4.

Should you at any point struggle, isolate the two chords you go wrong over and just keep moving between those.

You might have noticed how:

  1. All chords with a root on string 6 used the strings: 6 4 3 2.
  2. All chords with root on string 5 used the middle strings: 5 4 3 2
  3. All chords with root on string 4 used the top strings: 4 3 2 1

Deciding on this type of stuff gives the part consistency and is always a really good idea to stick with.

A Change Is Gonna Come capo fret 2

With the capo on fret 2 we think of playing A Change Is Gonna Come as if in the key of G (just like in the video).

Using the Song Writers Swivel we can translate the numbers and find how the verse chord progression has moved from A major:

A Bm F#m A Bm D C# F#m A or I II VI I II IV to:

G Am Em G Am C B Em G, the numbers are off course the same.

The picking pattern also remain the same, if it’s a chord starting on string 6 you still play 6 4 3 2 etc.

A Change Is Gonna Come capo fret 5

With a capo on fret V we play as if in E major, keep playing along with the video lesson to ensure you are still playing the correct chords.

As you can see, there are barred chords here since in E major we can’t play all chords as open position chords.

Now the progression is:

A Change Is Gonna Come capo fret 7

At fret 7 we play as if in the key of D, our progression is:

A Change Is Gonna Come Capo fret 9

Finally, At fret 9 we play as if in the key of C, our progression is now:

A Change Is Gonna Come middle 8

The middle 8, or the bridge, as some might prefer to call it has new chords, one of them is even modified, as in, it is not a diatonic chord.

Use the DIY TAB from the Guitar Conspiracy to find the numbers, translate that to each position you placed the capo on.

When you achieved this and can play along with the video lesson, no matter where you place the capo, you have completed this weeks guitar lesson.

Next up is Intermediate Guitar Lesson 6.

Happy playing!

Dan (your guitar guru)

Guitar Conspiracy

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