Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Course Week 6 Step 3 and 4

Hey There Delilah second guitar part + Improvising!

Welcome back, today we finish off our study of ‘Hey There Delilah’ by learning a second guitar part. We then develop this concept all over the neck, leaving you to take the leap into improvisation!

All parts are based on a rhythmical pattern of 123 – 123 – 12.

This means that you group a 4/4 bar in 8th notes like this: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

This is a pretty common groove that can be found in many songs, for example ‘Mad World’ which you will learn in week 10 of this course.

Another song that use this groove is ‘That’s Not My Name’ by The Ting Tings. Here’s a video of them performing at Glastonbury, count along saying 123 – 123 – 12.

Let’s find out how this rhythm can be applied to ‘Hey There Delilah’.

Week 6 – Part 3 – 15-30 min

The first second guitar find the 123 – 123 – 12 rhythm by simply organizing the strings in the same way.

Here’s the TAB:
Hey There Delilah 2nd Guitar Part
As you can see almost all bars use the 123 -123 -12 pattern. Only when there are two chords in a bar is the pattern altered.

Play this part using four different techniques:

  1. With fingers: Ring, Middle, Index
  2. With fingers: Middle, Index, Thumb
  3. With a pick using only down strokes
  4. With a pick using only up strokes

Here’s the video lesson to play along with:


Week 6 – Step 4 – 15-30 min

Let’s take this second guitar part even further and play it all over the neck!

It’s the same pattern again: 123 – 123 – 12, but this time we move the chord shapes up the neck.

When you can play as the TAB chart suggest, start improvising the part, moving up and down the neck as you play along with the video.

Here’s the TAB:
Hey There Delilah 2nd Guitar Part moving up
Again, play this part using these four different techniques:

  1. With fingers: Ring, Middle, Index
  2. With fingers: Middle, Index, Thumb
  3. With a pick using only down strokes
  4. With a pick using only up strokes

Conclusion

Today you learned how the concept of 123 – 123 – 12 is a way to group 8th notes in a 4/4 bar that creates a groove.

By adding this concept to picking guitar strings we can easily create second guitar parts.

To take this further we started moving the shapes around the neck, maintaining the same rhythm and picking pattern.

Your goal with this was to do this in an improvised manner. Using the same rhythm you can start wandering the neck up and down, finding the corresponding chord shape as you go along.

Next week we start working on a new song, it’s gonna be a two week long study of one of the most famous songs of all time.

This song launched the career of the most influential artist in popular music!

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)