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:
| I | III | I | III |
| VI VI/V | IV V | VI | V |
| D | F#m | D | F#m |
| Bm Bm/A | G A | Bm | A |
| I I/V | VI VI/VII |x4
| I I/V |
| D D/A | Bm Bm/C# |x4
| D D/A |
| IV | V | I I/V | VI VI/V |
| IV | V | I I/VII | VI VI/V |
| IV | V | VI | VI | V | V |
| G | A | D D/A | Bm Bm/A |
| G | A | D D/C# | Bm Bm/A |
| G | A | Bm | Bm | A | A |
| I | III | I | III |
| VI VI/V | IV V | x3
| VI | V | V |
| I I/V | VI VI/VII | x8
| I I/V | I |
| D| F#m| D | F#m |
| Bm Bm/A | G A | x3
| Bm | A | 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:
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.
That didn’t take you 30 minutes, right?
Let’s do the same in minor!
That hopefully took you about 30 minutes all in all!
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)