Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Course Week 3 Step 3 and 4

Whistle For The Choir in A + 2nd Guitar part!

Welcome back, today we finish off our study of ‘Whistle For The Choir’ as we play it in the key of A.

We also turn the progression into an exercise all over the neck and look at a second guitar part in all keys.

Oh, and there’s the modulation for the Instrumental section as well!

Let’s get right to it.

SWS A MajorWeek 3 – Step 3 – 15-30 min

In the key of A, our now well known progression becomes:

| I | I | III | III bIII | II | II | V | V7 |
or
| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm | Bm | Bm | E | E7 |

Let’s play all these chords all over the neck and find out which shapes I used in the video lesson.

Here’s the TAB for Example 1. You can see how I don’t play a top open E in the A shape. The bass line is altered by playing open A, then open E.

A Cm shape would have been theoretically the closest possible shape but it would have been too hard to stretch to so you get an Am shape for C#m, Cm and Bm.

The E chord is played in an open position.
Intermediate Course Week 3 Whistle For The Choir All Positions A
Here’s the TAB for Example 2. The A chord looks similar. We first use the alternating bass on the open E before playing the Root note on string 6, this is now a G shape.

I kept the Am shapes for C#m, Cm and Bm. The E is now a D shape.
Intermediate Guitar Course Week 3 Whistle For The Choir - All Positions Ex 2 A
Here’s the TAB for Example 3. This is what I do in the video. I take the middle part of an E shape but combine it with the open A and top open E from the A shape.

The C#m, Cm and Bm now become Gm shapes.

The E is in a C shape and can, just like the first A chord use open strings, now borrowed from the open E chord.
Intermediate Guitar Course Week 3 Whistle For The Choir - All Positions Ex 3 A

Here’s the TAB for Example 4. The A chord is now a D shape, still using the open A and E for bass notes.

The C#m, Cm and Bm are now in Em shapes and find their alternating bass lines on string 5. The E is now an A shape, don’t worry about the top string.
Intermediate Guitar Course Week 3 Whistle For The Choir - All Positions Ex 4 A

And lastly, here’s the TAB for Example 5. The A chord is still finding those bass notes on the open low strings. The shape is now a C shape.

The C#m, Cm and Bm get Dm shapes and the final E is played in a G shape, using the low E and the third of the chord on string 5, fret 11 as its alternating bass line.
Intermediate Guitar Course Week 3 Whistle For The Choir - All Positions Ex 5 A
That was a lot to go through! Play along with the video, try all these shapes out before you decide which way you prefer playing ‘Whistle For The Choir’. Here’s the video lesson:

Song Writers SwivelInstrumental section

For the Instrumental section we swiftly move to the key of G and play all the chords there, like this:

| I | I | III | III bIII | II | II | V |
or
| G | G | Bm | Bm Bbm | Am | Am | D |

The last chord, instead of being a D7, we modulate back up to the key of A and play the last chord of that progression, an E7.

Following this we simply play the original progression in the key of A again.

SWS D MajorOriginal Key – Instrumental Section

In the original key of E, the Instrumental section is in the key of D, you would now get this progression:

| I | I | III | III bIII | II | II | V |
or
| D | D | F#m | F#m Fm | Em | Em | A |

Play along with both videos as you incorporate the key changes. keep the strumming patterns the same.

Here’s the video lesson in the original key again:


Week 3 – Step 4 – 15-30 min

Before you keel over form all the different key signatures played today, let’s look at a possible second guitar part for this song.

I’ve written it out in all 4 keys here for you. Again, play along with the video lessons above.

I’ve left the chromatic movement between chord III and II out, there is also no dom7 on the V chord in the last bar.

Feel free to add these at your own taste. If you play along with the video it might be good to sometimes not play all changes, leave that to the first guitar.
Whistle For The Choir 2nd Guitar part

Conclusion

Today was a feast in key signatures!

We played the I – III – II – V progression in 4 keys, all over the neck. Now that’s a lot of chords to memorize.

The thing is, the better you get at this the less you need to memorize. Actually all you need is the progression of: I – III – II – V. If you can easily play all shapes and switch key.

If this feels really difficult right now, don’t worry, almost all lessons in this course focus on how to do just that.

In 24 weeks from now you might come back to this song and just play along with it, switch shape when you feel like it, it might even be easy!

Next week we start working on a new song, we won’t switch key or create second guitar parts. Instead we will look at how to integrate the major and minor pentatonic when strumming.

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)