Learn How To Play Dreadlock Holiday
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
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.
Chord progression (capo fret three)
| Em Bm7 | Am7 | x2
| Em | Am Am7 | x4
| Em | Am | repeat
| Em Bm7 | Am | x2
| Em D | C Bm7 | Am Bm7 | C D | x2
| G | x4
| Em Bm7 | Am Am7 | x2
Verse/bridge and outro after key change
| Em Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | 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 every chord.
| Gm Dm7 | Cm7 | x2
| Gm | Cm Cm7 | x4
| Gm | Cm Cm7 | repeat
| Gm Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | x2
| Gm Dm7 | Cm7 |
| Gm F | Eb Dm7 | Cm Dm7 | Eb F | x2
| Bb | x4
| Gm | Cm7 | x2
Verse/bridge after key change
| G#m | C#m7 | repeat
| G#m F# | E | x2
Chorus after key change
| G#m F# | E D#m7 | C#m D#m7 | E F# | x2
Chorus tag after key change
| B | x4
Verse/bridge and outro after key change
| G#m D#m7 | C#m7 D#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 suitable scale and chord shapes.
As I was building the course, I discovered a few mistakes among my chords.
By taking a closer look at the song, transcribing the original bass line, I ended up with a much better way to play this song on one acoustic guitar. All will be revealed in step 8.
Dreadlock Holiday – Step 1 (Free Preview)
A few chords in this one guitar arrangement are not correct. Find out what we can learn from this.
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 2
This time, only one little chord has been left out compared to the original recording.
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 3
Seemingly easy to do, if it wasn’t for all those new rhythmical variations…
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 4
Using a chart rather than TAB, aim to let the rhythmical variations happen naturally.
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 5
This will help with your fret board knowledge as you run around the fret board, finding different chord shapes.
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 6
The chorus maintains the idea of copying the bassline rhythm. The tag could be developed further.
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 7
Well… why not develop all this even further? That Chorus tag for example, can we come up with something completely new?
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Dreadlock Holiday – Step 8
I also give you a completely new concept for how to play this tune on your own, without a capo. Time to fire the assistant and embark on a solo career!
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Similarly to Supertramp, 10cc was almost prog/rock/pop with long instrumental sections and lots of different styles mixed.
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The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
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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.
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We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. 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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