THE DRUGS DON’T WORK ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song
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I think the material is excellent. I’ve benefited so much. I’ve now begun to improvise with some confidence and have written songs that feel authentic. I can now develop musically in a broad and rich way. Your work has illuminated an exciting path forward.– Roger
Using almost only open position chords, staying in one key with no variations, Richard has managed to write a song that sounds unique.
Don’t be fooled, to write a song having mainly simple open chords doesn’t mean it’s easy! Most songwriters would give an arm and a leg to be able to write a simple, memorable song that doesn’t sound like something else.
Perhaps writing a simple song with a strong message is actually the most difficult thing a songwriter can attempt.
My one guitar arrangement of ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ only has one difficult chord to fret, the F. You don’t have to play this as a barre chord, instead, fret it as the video lesson demonstrates.
These are all the chords for the Intro/Verse/Chorus.
| C | C | Am | Am | Em | F G | C | C |
| C | Em | F G | C | C |
| F | Em | Am | G |
| Em | F G | C | C |
| C | repeat until end
The Drugs Don’t Work full guitar lesson
You get a full breakdown of how to play ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ in the course, we cover:
- The meaning of the chord progression
- The strumming pattern
- How to pick rather than strum
- A 2nd guitar part
- A complete TAB chart
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