Learn how to play Whistle For The Choir on one acoustic guitar!
‘Whistle for the Choir’ is a song off the album ‘Costello Music’ in 2006 by British Indie/Rock band ‘The Fratellis’.
Spy Tunes have recorded a one guitar version of the song in the key of E and A.
In the key of E, we’d get this progression:
| E | E | G#m | G#m Gm | F#m | F#m | B | B7 |
| D | D | F#m | F#m Fm | Em | Em | A | B7 |
Notice how the solo section is just down a tone from the Verse/Chorus pattern.
Whistle For the Choir in the key of A
The original version has been transposed to the key of A in order to work with a female voice, now the chords are.
| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm | Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
| G | G | Bm | Bm Bbm | Am | Am | D | E7 |
Again the solo is simply the Verse/Chorus a tone down.
Whistle For The Choir second guitar part
In the full lesson, which you’ll get when you take the Intermediate Guitar Course, deal with playing in the different keys, as well as creating a second guitar part for the song.
Off course you get full TAB for everything that happens in the video lessons when you take the course but it doesn’t top there!
We also look at how to play the vocal melody, how to create a second guitar part and what scales you could use when improvising over the progression.
The deeper you go into the song like this, the more you’ll learn from it.
Whistle rhythm lesson in the key of A
By changing key we don’t just simply change the chords and play the same part.
All chords will lend themselves to playing the song in different ways, especially when it’s a one guitar arrangement.
Just as one example, if chord I is an E, switching the bass between the root and 5th, the 5th will be higher than the root.
When in the key of A, the 5th can be placed below the root.
By changing key like this you’ll discover more about a song, it’s progression and what can be done with it.
The further you dig, the more you’ll find…
Whistle For The Choir strumming patterns
In both versions the strumming technique of first playing the bass note, then the remaining chord shape is applied.
This is a standard one guitar arrangement technique where you put both bass line and chords on just one instrument.
It’s a great idea to have these type of patterns down so you can quickly knock out an arrangement for a song.
You’ll learn more about this when you take the full Intermediate Guitar Course.