Acoustic songs with extended chords, modes and arpeggios
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Sixteen advanced acoustic guitar songs
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The advanced acoustic songs use chord extensions and inversions that may be new to you. A few solos are incorporated into the arrangements as well, sometimes as overdubs, sometimes not.
Take the advanced course and there is complete TAB for everything single note played in the video lessons but that’s just the beginning. Alongside learning the songs you will also be learning all about modes, arpeggios and chord extensions.
This will not only teach you how to play them but also how to write similar songs and guitar parts, even how to improvise.
Below you find a link to preview every acoustic song available in the course.
For example, the first chord, a C shaped E major chord, use the low open E to create a big sounding, piano-like chord.
Go to video lessons: Angels chords.
Baby Won’t You please Come Home
Sung by Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald it has become a jazz standard.
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An open G string is used almost throughout ‘Blackbird’. This ties the very clever chord progression together nicely.
Go to video lessons: Blackbird chords.
Our one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. You will need a capo to get it in the right key.
Go to video lessons: Cannonball chords.
Close To You
Starting off with an Asus2 chord, Bacharach cleverly disguises where the tonal centre is since a sus2 chord could be pretty much any of the chords from the key.
Go to video lessons: Close To You chords.
There’s complete TAB (including the pretty scary sounding solo) available when you take the full course.
Go to video lessons: Creepin’ In chords.
Don’t Wait Too Long
The bridge section uses a long cycle of 4th progression, further adding to the 1940s Jazz/Blues vibe.
Go to video lessons: Don’t Wait Too Long chords.
I Shot The Sheriff
The verse chord progression is simple and very Aeolian using the IVmaj7 and the IIIm7 to point back to VI.
Go to video lessons: I Shot The Sheriff chords.
Over The Rainbow
A replica of Eva Cassidy‘s beautiful one guitar arrangement of this classic song is what is on offer in this lesson.
Go to video lessons: Over The Rainbow chords.
The bridge/pre-chorus employ the II – V – VI progression which set us up for the very common I – IV – V chorus.
Go to video lessons: Roxanne chords.
It would be impossible to play ‘Scarborough Fair’ using different shapes as the incorporated open strings give the arrangement its distinctive sound.
Go to video lessons: Scarborough Fair chords.
Sunshine Of Your Love
Using the main riff as a starting point over this blues, the I chord has sometimes been extended to a dom7#9.
Go to video lessons: Sunshine Of Your Love chords.
Take Me To The River
In the first version, we take advantage of the low open strings the key of E gives us. This is the original key Al Green sang in.
In the second key of G, which suits a female voice better, the chords offer different advantages.
Go to video lessons: Take Me To The River chords.
Tears In Heaven
‘Tears In Heaven’ has a genius chord progression that uses small variations and slash chords to keep the harmonic interest on top.
Go to video lessons: Tears In Heaven chords.
Wish You Were Here
This is not a song to jam and improvise over, so legendary are the licks you simply must learn each and every one of them, note for note.
Go to video lessons: Wish You Were Here chords.