- Lesson 1
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 1
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- Lesson 2
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 2
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- Lesson 3
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 3
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- Lesson 4
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 4
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- Lesson 5
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 5
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- Lesson 6
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 6
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- Lesson 7
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 7
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- Lesson 8
Intermediate Guitar Lesson 8
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2nd Guitar to Blowin’ In The Wind!
In the last few lessons we have complemented the exercise of playing all barred chords in every position by applying the concept to songs.
Intermediate guitar lesson 6 is no different, we pick another song and keep moving those chords around!
Today’s lesson take a song that is very closely related to last weeks song A Change Is Gonna Come, in fact it was the inspiration for it!
When Sam Cooke heard Bob Dylan’s Blowin In The Wind he said he could not understand how that was not written by a black man.
So to Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come was his Blowin’ In The Wind.
Find out more about this by studying the lyrics to both of these songs, follow these links: A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics and Blowin In The Wind lyrics, maybe even leave a comment about what they mean to you!
Blowin In The Wind guitar lesson
Picked up by Peter Paul and Mary it became a hit, this really made folk music take off in a big way.
Since then Dylan has played it in almost every gig and hundreds of other artists have covered it, often changing the progression by replacing some chords with their parallel minor.
Personally I love Dylan’s original guitar arrangement and think we can all learn a lot from this style of playing.
The repetitive rhythm is further discussed in the eBook Rhythm Guitar, do look into this in your own time.
Blowin In The Wind 2nd guitar part
Should you play Blowin’ In The Wind with a friend, or along to my video there is one rule you have to follow and that is: Do not play the same thing.
If you play what I do (or Dylan on the original recording) at the same time you will just make it sound messy, instead, find a way to complement the part!
This is a good plan whenever you play with someone, don’t replicate, compliment!
To get into this way of thinking and to lead with good example I am therefore going to give you a whole arrangement that you can try out along with the video lesson.
When you can perform this along with the original video, play along to it and video yourself. When you listen back you will hear how both parts work together and what you possibly need to change or improve on.
Maybe you are rushing a bit, maybe you feel my ideas need to be modified, there’s only one way to find out and that is to record yourself, then listen back.
If you want mine or other Spy Tunes members feedback on your performance, upload to YouTube and paste the code in here below as a comment!
Video vs audio
Another advantage of videoing yourself is that you can have a look at hand positions, both left and right hand can almost always be improved.
Details like pick angle or how you hold the neck will not only affect your tone, it might also start to hurt if you are using an unorthodox technique.
Aim to stay relaxed in hands, wrist and arms.
When you learned the 2nd guitar parts and recorded yourself you have completed this intermediate guitar lesson and it’s time to move on to the next lesson.
By the way, do you play this Finger style or with a pick? Both are possible!
See you next week for Intermediate Guitar Lesson 7.
Dan (your guitar guru)