Chords and strumming
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Mad World chords and strumming
Spy Tunes’ version is a one guitar arrangement of Gary Jules’ piano ballad version.
In the guitar courses, we examine what playing in a mode really means, using Mad World as one of the first examples.
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).
This is why you could say that ‘Mad World’ is “in Dorian”.
When we study ‘Mad World’ in the course, we use videos as well as TAB to learn the arrangement to perfection. We even look at playing it fingerstyle.
Mad World in the guitar course
In the intermediate guitar course, ‘Mad World’ is studied in depth. The full lesson covers:
- The meaning of the chord progression
- The picking pattern
- How to play it finger style
- The pentatonic scales that outline the intro melody
- A complete TAB chart
Mad World – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to Mad World lyrics.
Gary Jules – Biography
Following the worldwide success, Gary Jules kept selling his own CDs on CD Baby as well as the song being released through a label.
To find out more, go to Gary Jules biography.
Tears For Fears – Biography
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.
To find out more, go to Tears For Fears 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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