Talking About A Revolution

learn How To Play Talking About A Revolution

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Talking About A Revolution is a single from Tracy Chapman‘s hugely successful debut album.

In a string of three hits, Tracy became world-famous before you even turned the album over.

Using a super simple and often looped chord progressions, she wrote honest songs that sounded like they should be played on street corners and inspire real change.

When I play the song, I’ve added a breakdown picking pattern just to mix things up a bit. This is a common trick when arranging for just one guitar, you have to put some dynamics in if you’re all on your own.

The simplest way to create a 2nd guitar part would be to simply pick when I strum and strum when I pick. In the course, we start there as we create 2nd guitar parts.

In the final lesson, we change key and by using a capo get back in the original key. Doing this means that when you play along with me, we’ll sound great together.

Chord progression

The chord progression for Talking About A Revolution is very easy to remember as it only has four chords.

In the key of G we play the movement of IIVVIV. With some extensions added, we get these chords.

||: G Cadd9 | Em D Dsus4 :||

This progression is played on a loop for the entire song.

Guitar Lessons

Talking About A Revolution – Step 1

In this lesson, we are going to strum new chords in the same way as you did when you played a G.

We simply apply the same pattern to Em, D, and Cadd9.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Step 1.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 2

When you learn a song there is one thing you must always do and that is to break it down into smaller chunks.

In this lesson, we do just that.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Step 2.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 3

Last time you played this song, you strummed the chords, today it’s time to pick them instead.

Practice all examples along with the loop and you’ll be able to play this song on your own soon.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Step 3.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 4

In the last few lessons, we’ve slowly built up to playing Talking About A Revolution.

In this step, we play the entire song from beginning to end.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Step 4.

Talking About A Revolution – Step 5

Today we’re going to learn how to change key, apply a capo, and create a 2nd guitar part.

To change key from G to C means we’ll also learn new chords.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Step 5.

Related Pages


Talking About A RevolutionDon’t you know
They’re talkin’ bout a revolution
It sounds, like a whisper
Don’t you know

Go to Talking About A Revolution Lyrics.


tracy-chapman-thumbTracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles Fast Car, Talking About A Revolution, and Baby Can I Hold You from her self-entitled titled debut album Tracy Chapman.

Amazingly, these were the three first songs on the debut.

Go to Tracy Chapman Biography.


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

Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

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Beginner Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these beginner songs on the acoustic guitar.

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.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.


Beginner Chord ProgressionWhat do you need to know in order to to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?

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