Chords and fingerstyle arrangement
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Last Request chords and finger style arrangement
In order to get the same key as Paolo Nutini, simply play the same chords without a capo. Either way, you’ll think about this song as if it is in the key of F.
In this video lesson, you’ll see all the chords played from beginning to end using just one acoustic guitar.
The intro/verse chords are I – III – Vm – II. This is not your average chord progression, Vm is extremely rare. In the key of F you get this:
| F | Am | Cm | Gm |
The pre-chorus/m8 is more common using a IV – VI – II progression. Looks like this when translated to the key of F:
| Bb Dm | Gm |
The chorus is very traditional with all movements having appeared in hundreds of hits.
| F Am | Dm | Gm | Bb C |
In the intermediate guitar course, we look into everything that happens in the video lesson. You get full TAB of every detail.
Strumming without a pick
When playing a finger-picked song, it’s nice to add a little bit of strumming to enhance sections of a song.
As you can see in the video lesson, this is done very lightly at first. As we enter the m8 at 2:29, the strumming is still held back allowing the new chords to do the work of moving the listener in a new direction.
At 2:40, we get the classic trick of muting the initial chords of the chorus. This pulls the attention towards the chorus melody. As we finish off with a few more choruses the strumming is now in full force.
Building an arrangement using dynamics like this is essential, especially when you play a whole set of songs live.
Last Request – Paolo Nutini
For complete lyrics, go to Last Request lyrics.
Paolo Nutini – Biography
The reaction from the crowd to Paolo’s naturally stunning voice caught the attention of his (soon to be) manager who happened to be in the crowd.
To find out more, go to Paolo Nutini biography.
The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course
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
‘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’.
To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs
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