Dreadlock Holiday

Dreadlock Holiday

Chords and strumming

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Dreadlock Holiday chords and strumming


‘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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Dreadlock Holiday – Lyrics

Dreadlock HolidayI was walking down the street
Concentrating on truckin’ right
I heard a dark voice beside of me
And I looked round in a state of fright
I saw four faces, one mad

For complete lyrics, go to Dreadlock Holiday lyrics.

10cc – Biography

10cc-thumbWith influences such as the late Beatles and Frank Zappa, 10cc was not your average, middle of the road band.

Similarly to Supertramp, 10cc was almost prog/rock/pop with long instrumental sections and lots of different styles mixed. Major hits include ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ and’ I’m Not In Love’.

To find out more, go to 10cc biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

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All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


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‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

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