Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Course Week 4 Step 3 and 4

A Change Is Gonna Come Intro + 2nd guitar parts + Licks!

Welcome back to step 3 and 4 of this weeks lesson in which we continue to study ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cook.

Today we get a complete transcription of the Intro and look at how to build licks using the pentatonic scales you learned a few days ago.

We also get several second guitar parts using a capo in 4 places. In the end you’ll think in five different keys, but they all sound as if in the key of A.

The Intro is theoretically pretty complicated and would fit into Advanced or even Master level.

However, the rest of the song is Intermediate level so simply memorize the Intro, no need to completely understand the theoretical movement at this point.

Week 4 – Step 3 – 15-30 min

The Intro is a guitar arrangement of what the strings play on the original recording.

I have always found that complex parts like this is a cool thing to work out on guitar, it sounds even more impressive when you follow something like this up with just simple strumming.

The complicated Intro will grab the attention of the listener, the repetitive strumming relaxes the listener, making room for the vocalist to shine.

Here’s the TAB for the Intro:
A Change Is Gonna Come Intro
Spend 5-10 minutes perfecting the Intro, use the rest of the time in this step to work on the second guitar parts.

A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part

Let’s try a second guitar part for this song. I’ve designed a pattern that will fit nicely with the guitar you hear in the video.

By moving the capo around the neck you get different textures, try all examples before you settle on what you think sounds best.

Key of A – No Capo

Using no capo you play as in the key of A. Here’s the TAB for the verse, you can use a pick or play it finger style. Best thing to do is try both.

Here’s the TAB for a second guitar part in the key of A:
A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part A
Key of G – Capo fret 2

By placing the capo on fret 2 you are now in the same area as the first guitar.

This won’t sound as good as when you move to a different area, however, by learning it here you could vary the original part by moving between strumming and as here, picking.

Here’s the TAB in G:
A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part G
Key of E – Capo fret 5

If you place the capo on fret 5 you need to play as if in the key of E, what comes out will still be in the key of A.

Here’s the TAB for such an adventure:
A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part E
Key of D – Capo fret 7

Moving up two more frets with the capo you now need to play as if in the key of D.

Here’s the TAB:
A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part D
Key of C – Capo fret 9

Finally we place the capo on fret 9 and play as if in the key of C.

Here’s the TAB:
A Change Is Gonna Come 2nd Guitar part C
And here’s the video to play along with.

Week 4 – Step 4 – 15-30 min

The last thing we do as we study the acoustic arrangement of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come is to look at those pentatonic licks that keep popping up.

I’ve written out four licks here for you, all use the corresponding pentatonic scale.

Once you get the hang of these, aim to come up with your own licks.

Here’s lick 1 in TAB. You can her this at 0:26 in the video lesson.
A Change Is Gonna Come Lick 1
Here’s lick 2 in TAB. You can her this at 0:42 in the video lesson. This lick bridges from an Em chord to a G.

A Change Is Gonna Come Lick 2

Here’s lick 3 in TAB. You can her this at 1:18 in the video lesson. This lick takes us from an Am to an Em chord.
A Change Is Gonna Come Lick 3
Experiment with adding these licks and vary the strumming as shown in the TAB.

Conclusion

Today you learned the Intricate parts of the Intro, we didn’t bother looking into the weird chord names and just memorized it.

You also looked at a bunch of different second guitar parts using a capo to play in different keys. By changing the key we think in and moving the capo accordingly we ended up always sounding as if in the key of A.

It would be a great idea to always try this concept out when learning a new song.

Finally we got well deep and learned some exact pentatonic licks form the video lesson.

Next week we start working on a new song, see you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)