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A change is gonna come, if you keep changing those chord shapes!
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.
- All chords with a root on string 6 used the strings: 6 4 3 2.
- All chords with root on string 5 used the middle strings: 5 4 3 2
- 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:
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.
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:
At fret 7 we play as if in the key of D, our progression is:
Finally, At fret 9 we play as if in the key of C, our progression is now:
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 (a part of The Spy Tunes Method) 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.
-Dan (your guitar guru)