Dreadlock Holiday


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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song

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‘Dreadlock Holiday’ is single from 70s Prog/Rock/Poppers 10cc.

The song has been adapted into a one guitar arrangement by using a capo on fret three. This way you can play as if in Em, using open strings and chords in combination with bass lines. This is very similar to how I arranged ‘

This is very similar to how I arranged ‘I Shot The Sheriff‘ for just one acoustic guitar.

In these video lessons, you’ll see how to play all the chords for ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, including the key change using a capo on fret 3 and later, on fret 4.

Chord progression (capo fret three)


| Em D | C | x2 | Em | Am Am7 | x4


| Em | Am | repeat | Em D | Am | x2


| Em D | C | Am Bm7 | C D | x2

Chorus tag

| G | x4 | Em D | Am Am7 | x2

Verse/bridge and outro after key change

| Em | Am(7) | repeat | Em D | C | x2 | Em D | Am Am7 | repeat

Original key – Chords without a capo

Using the chords above, adjust the capo up or down the neck to find what key suits your singer.

Dealing with key changes a semitone up in the middle of a song is always going to be awkward for a guitarist. The Glider Capo might be the only real practical solution to this problem.

Without a capo, the chords are from the key of Gm. If you choose to play it like this, you will need to barre almost every chord.


| Gm F | Eb | x2
| Gm | Cm Cm7 | x4


| Gm | Cm | repeat
| Gm F | Cm | x2


| Gm F | Eb | Cm Dm7 | Eb F | x2

Chorus tag

| Bb | x4
| Gm F | Cm Cm7 | x2

Verse/bridge after key change

| G#m | C#m(7) | repeat
| G#m F# | E | x2

Chorus after key change

| G#m F# | E | C#m D#m7 | E F# | x2

Chorus tag after key change

| B | x4
| G#m F# | C#m C#m7 | repeat

Capo or no capo, if you understand a chord progression as roman numerals, you can create licks and build your own guitar parts using the suitable scale and chord shapes.

To learn more about how to do this, turn to the intermediate guitar course

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