Learn How To Play Babylon
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Babylon is a single from David Gray‘s 1998 hit album White Ladder.
The album was the result of trying to make it for over a decade as a singer-songwriter using the classic record label route. In the end, David recorded the album in his bedroom with the help of his drummer.
Babylon is played using a capo on fret 1, so what you hear is in Eb, but you think in D. As the chord riff uses open strings it would be impossible to play it in this key without a capo.
These are the chords for the intro/verse/instrumental/chorus tag sections.
| D Dmaj7 | G | x7
| G | Em | Em |
| G |
The chorus is varied every fourth bar.
| D | A | Em | F#m |
| D | A | Em | G |
| D | A | Em | A |
| D | A | Em | A | A |
Babylon – Step 1
Today we start working on how to play the verse from Babylon by David Gray.
It has a tricky hammer-on and pull-off lick in it.
Go to Babylon Step 1.
Babylon – Step 2
Let’s learn the chorus for Babylon. I’ve got two versions here for you. The first is super simple and a bit boring.
The second example is very chaotic looking and comes from what naturally happened when playing with a singer, having just the one guitar.
Go to Babylon Step 2.
Babylon – Step 3
When you play along with me and the singer, you must fit a capo on fret 1 or you’ll create the worst sound in the world by being a semitone out.
Go to Babylon Step 3.
Babylon – Step 4
Now, when you play with me and the singer, we sound like a band!
Go to Babylon Step 4.
Friday night I’m going nowhere, all the lights are changing green to red
Turning over TV stations, situations running through my head
Well looking back through time, you know it’s clear that I’ve been blind
I’ve been a fool
Go to Babylon Lyrics.
After many years of struggling with unsuccessful releases on different labels, David ended up recording the album White Ladder in his bedroom.
Since the release, he has toured the world.
Go to David Gray Biography.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
Go to Intermediate Guitar Course.
Intermediate Acoustic Songs
A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.
Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.
We’ll use this to map out the entire fretboard. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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