Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Course Week 6

Hey There Delilah + Chord Exercise!

Today we start working on ‘Hey There Delilah’ by Plain White T’s.

This song is played finger style using a similar pattern to what ‘Last Request’ did last week.

The difference being that this week we put the bass note first and claw comp the chords.

We also take two of the chords from the song and turn them into exercises.

Week 6 – Step 1 – 15-30 min

Let’s take a look at the progression and the basic finger style pattern for the song.

‘Hey There Delilah’ is in the key of D and use a clever bass line to tie the chords together.

These are the chord progressions:

SWS D MajorVerse

I | III | I | III |
| VI VI/V | IV V | VI | V |

or

F#m D | F#m |
Bm Bm/A G A Bm |

Here’s the basic finger style pattern for the Verse, use your thumb for the bass note and claw comp the chord using just the index and middle finger on string 2 and 3. Like this:
Hey There Delilah Verse
Chorus

I I/V | VI VI/VII |x4
| I I/V |

or

D D/A Bm Bm/C# |x4
D D/A |

Here’s the finger style pattern for the Chorus:
Hey There Delilah Chorus
M8

IV I I/V VI VI/V |
IV | V | I I/VII | VI VI/V |
| IV | V | VI | VI | V | V |

or

D D/A Bm Bm/A |
D D/C# Bm Bm/A |
Bm Bm |

Here’s the finger style pattern for the M8 in TAB:
Hey There Delilah M8
Outro

III I | III |
VI VI/V | IV V | x3
VI | V | V |

I I/V | VI VI/VII | x8
| I I/V | I |

or

DF#mD | F#m |
Bm Bm/A | G A | x3
Bm | A |

D D/A | Bm Bm/C# | x8
D D/A | D |

Use the previous TAB to work out the Outro on your own, it’s a combination of previous parts.

Play along with the video using the roman numerals, chords and TAB. Aim to nail each part to perfection. Spend up to 30 min on this if you have to.

Here’s the video lesson to play along with:


Week 6 – Step 2 – 15-30 min

Now that you know the song, let’s build a chord exercise using the D and A chord.

The finger style pattern is similar to what we did in the song. Only two strings are played after the bass note.

First up we play the D chord in all positions, maintaining that open D string, here’s the TAB:
Hey There Delilah Chord Exercise D
The C shaped chord doesn’t have a third in it, just a root and 5th. This means you could play this no matter if the chord is major or minor.

Same goes for the first E shape, it’s just root and 5th.

And here’s the A chord in all positions, maintaining that open A string, here’s the TAB:
Hey There Delilah Chord Exercise A
The first E shape doesn’t have a third. Same goes for the C shape.

As we’re at it, let’s take an E chord an do the same again, here’s the TAB:
Hey There Delilah Chord Exercise E
The first E shape doesn’t have a third, same goes for the first C shape and the second to last G shape.

That didn’t take you 30 minutes, right?

Let’s do the same in minor!

Here’s Dm:
Hey There Delilah Chord Exercise Dm
The first Cm shape doesn’t have a third, same goes for the Gm and first Em shape.

Here’s Am:
Hey There Delilah Chord Exercise Am
The first Gm and Em shapes don’t have thirds, same goes for the first Cm shape.

And finally, here’s Em:
Hey There Delilah Chord Exercise Em
The first Em and Cm shapes don’t have thirds.

That hopefully took you about 30 minutes all in all!

Conclusion

Today we learned how to play ‘Hey There Delilah’ by Plain White T’s.

Following this, the same simple an repetitive picking pattern using only the thumb and two fingers was the turned into chordal exercises.

In three days time we learn two second guitar parts for ‘Hey There Delilah’, see you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)