DREADLOCK HOLIDAY ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on left hand and all chords used in this song
Learn How to play Dreadlock Holiday
On One Acoustic Guitar
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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 ‘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
| 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 chord 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 gonna be awkward for a guitarist. The Glider Capo might be the only real practical solution to this problem.
Without a capo, these are the chords. If you choose to play it like this instead 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
| 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 numbers, you can easily create licks and build second guitar parts using whatever suitable scale and chord shapes. It doesn’t even matter what key you’re playing in.
To learn more about this, turn to the intermediate guitar course