Learn How To Play Mad World
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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In the course & Complete song
My version is a one guitar arrangement based on Gary Jules’ piano ballad.
This is the second song in the course and already we use Mad World to examine what a mode really is.
There are relatively simple chords for Mad World, the verse is just this.
| Em | G | Dsus2 | A |
The intro/chorus/bridge/outro is even simpler.
| Em | A | Em | A |
All chords are from the key of D major, however, D is not the home chord, Em is (chord II).
Mad World – Step 1
This composition is in Dorian, which means chord II is our home.
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Mad World – Step 2
The chorus only moves between the II and V chord, a very common movement.
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Mad World – Step 3
This will also help with remembering it, as well as understanding music and the guitar neck on a deeper level.
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Mad World – Step 4
When you’re comfortable playing this, try it with me and the singer as well.
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Mad World – Step 5
These two chords are a II – V and what you play in the chorus of Mad World.
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Mad World – Step 6
Persist and you will soon master the CAGED system.
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Mad World – Step 7
We can now play the intro melody using open strings and add a sus4 instead of a sus2 to our I chord which is now a C.
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Mad World – Step 8
To make the chorus work better with the capo, I use a Bm7 instead of a Bm.
What will you play when you play along with me and the singer one final time?
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Following the worldwide success, Gary Jules kept selling his own CDs on CD Baby, as well as having the song released through a big label.
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With hits like Mad World, Seeds Of Love and Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears were one of the biggest bands around in the 80s.
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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 fretboard.
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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 fretboard. 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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