Chords and strumming

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Angels chords and strumming


The hugely successful piano ballad ‘Angels’ was written by Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams.

Spy Tunes’ one guitar arrangement of ‘Angels’ is an example of how you could arrange piano parts for one guitar.

The first chord, a C shaped E major, uses the low E string and a pattern moving between bass note and chord to imitate the piano part.

Further down the arrangement, open strings are incorporated in order to make the arrangement sound as big as possible. These chords, because of the open strings incorporated now get some strange sounding chord names.

There are four sections in ‘Angels’, each moving to a different area of the key. Let’s take a look at all of them and what chords they use.

Chord progression

The verse mainly focuses on chord I (Ionian).

| E | E | A C#m/A | B | repeat

The bridge moves between Dorian (chord II) and Lydian (chord IV) to create suspense. The Dsus2 (bVII chord) creates tension.

| F#m | AC#m | A |

| Dsus2 | Asus2 | E | Dsus2 AE |

The chorus starts on chord V and takes four bars before we feel a sense of relief, hitting the I chord again.

| B(add11) | C#m7 | Aadd9 | E |

There are more chords in the chorus as well as a modulation for the solo. We look into that in the advanced guitar course.

Arranging Angels for one guitar

The original version of ‘Angels’ was decorated with a massive production, including a full band and string orchestra. To incorporate all this on just one guitar is, of course, impossible. It comes down to picking the most important parts.

A full understanding of the chords movement and what the melody does is needed to build the arrangement.

In the advanced course, we learn the song exactly as it is played in the video lesson but we don’t stop there! We also play the vocal melody and improvise over the chord progression.

Related Pages

Angels – Lyrics

AngelsI sit and wait
Does an angel
Contemplate my fate?
Do they know
The places where we go

For complete lyrics, go to Angels lyrics.

Robbie Williams – Biography

robbie-williams-thumbRobbie Williams is a fifteen-time BRIT Award-winning English pop singer.

Williams’ career started as a member of the pop band Take That in 1990.

When Robbie left Take That in 1995 to pursue a solo career, he had sold twenty-five five million records with the group.

To find out more, go to Robbie Williams biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course


These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons


Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

‘Angels’, ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Close To You’, ‘Creepin’ In’, ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, and ‘Wish You Were Here’.

To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs

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