The Drugs Don’t Work
Chords and strumming
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The Drugs Don’t Work chords and strumming
About The Drugs Don’t Work
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 and Chorus sections.
| 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
Full Guitar Lesson – How to Play The Drugs Don’t Work
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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The Drugs Don’t Work – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to The Drugs Don’t Work lyrics.
Ben Harper Biography
Harper’s first album ‘Welcome To The Cruel World’ (1994) was followed by ‘Fight For Your Mind’ only a year later.
To find out more, go to Ben Harper biography.
The Verve Biography
Since their first debut album, ‘A Storm In Heaven’, critics have always favored The Verve as one of the best 90s British rock acts.
To find out more, go to The Verve biography.
Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
To see all the lessons in the beginner course, go to the Beginner Guitar Course
What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a chord progression of a song?
A beginner need guidance more than anyone, check out these easy to follow video lessons as a preview of what awaits in the course: Beginner Guitar Lessons
‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Rewind’. ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Talking About A Revolution’, ‘Time Of Your Life’, and ‘Wonderwall’.
To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs
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