Acoustic songs with barre chords
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16 intermediate acoustic guitar songs
Acoustic Songs from the Intermediate Course
These songs don’t settle for just the basic open position chords. Instead, we move up the fretboard to play what is called barre chords.
We also include bass lines, a few melodies, pentatonic scales, some extended chords, and even some slash chords in these arrangements.
However, to learn these songs is just the beginning, take the intermediate course and you can learn from them and in doing so unlock the guitar fret board.
Not only will the course reveal how barre chords can be used in different positions, how scales are weaved into an arrangement, you’ll also learn how to write your own guitar parts as you’ll first learn what I play, then build a 2nd guitar part to play along with me and the singer.
Below you find a link to every acoustic song available in the intermediate course.
1. Hey There Delilah
Executed with a perfect balance between “heard it before” and “sounds new”, this song became a worldwide hit after being marketed over two albums.
2. Mad World
All chords are from the key of D major, however, D is not the home chord, Em is. This is why it’s “in Dorian” where we call chord II home.
3. Whistle For The Choir
We recorded Whistle For The Choir in two keys for two different singers, try both and consider how each key suits the song.
4. Blowin’ In The Wind
This was Bob Dylan’s first hit, half a century later, he regularly plays this classic at gigs.
5. Kiss Me
The chorus uses a standard progression although we start it from a slightly unusual point.
The chorus has a repetitive progression that is only varied at the end of each line. Progression tricks like this are very common in songs that become hits.
7. Fast Car
Perhaps the most difficult part is to move from a finger style verse to a strummed chorus.
All chords are very common, open position chords. The melody uses the minor pentatonic exclusively.
9. American Pie
By hearing each chord as a number you can follow the vocal melody and don’t actually have to memorize the progression.
10. A Change Is Gonna Come
Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the key of A.
11. Sunny Afternoon
Going from minor to major like this is one of the best tricks to apply when you want to create a feeling of release in a song.
12. Dreadlock Holiday
This all works out really well until the song modulates up a semitone. How do you move a capo and play at the same time?
13. I’m Yours
Using an old demo from 2005 we took this song and made it our own thinking if Jason isn’t gonna release this, then we are!
We get different extensions depending on what chord is used in conjunction with the open strings that keep ringing through all chords.
Starman is in the key of F and there are more little odd movements than the Bbadd#11 to discover. For example, the open position Gm chord.
16. I Can’t Stand The Rain
As the chorus kicks in, we find chords from outside of the key that creates a great contrast to the first, blues-influenced riff.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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