Learn how to play Babylon on one acoustic guitar!
‘Babylon’ is a single off David Gray’s hit album White Ladder.
The album was the result of trying to make it for over a decade as a singer songwriter using the classic label route.
In the end David recorded the album in his bedroom with the help of his drummer.
‘Babylon’ is played using a capo on fret 1, so what you hear is in Eb, but you think in D.
As the chord riff use open strings it would be impossible to play it in this key without a capo.
Babylon chord progression
These are the chords for the Intro/Verse/Instrumental/Chorus Tag sections.
| D Dmaj7 | G | x7
| G | Em | Em |
| G |
The Chorus is varied every fourth bar.
| D | A | Em | F#m |
| D | A | Em | G |
| D | A | Em | A |
| D | A | Em | A | A |
You get complete TAB of what happens in the video lesson when you take the Intermediate Guitar Course.
Babylon vs Fast Car
Both ‘Babylon’ and ‘Fast Car‘ are based around maj7 chord licks. ‘Babylon’ use a D shape, ‘Fast Car’ a C shape.
In the Intermediate Guitar Course we compare these two songs in more detail, these are the topics covered:
- How to play maj7 shapes all over the neck
- Fast Car open position vs up the neck
- The meaning of the progressions
- Two complete charts
- Strumming patterns for all sections
One of the best ways to learn about song and part writing is to compare riffs that are similar like this.