RED ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song
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‘Red’ is a single by Daniel Merriweather, produced by the hugely successful Mark Ronson.
This song is in the key of E major and only uses the I, IV, V and VI chords throughout the entire song.
To spice things up and compensate for the lack of huge production, open strings have been incorporated into the one guitar arrangement. These open strings create some unique extensions to the chords.
The intro/instrumental section is harmonically super simple.
| E | Eadd9 |
The verse only adds one chord, spiced up with a couple of extensions it looks like this.
| Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E | x2
The bridge introduces some new chords, taking the song to chord VI for the first time, like this.
| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 | x2
The chorus is very similar to the verse, just swapped around with a VI chord snuck in.
| E | E | C#m | A | x2 | E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |
Extend chords using open strings
There are another couple of chord progressions in the song before the m8 and during the outro that hasn’t been listed above, too many little details to get into here.
What’s really unique about this one guitar arrangement is how some of the chords in ‘Red’ have been extended.
Using the same open strings throughout, we get different extensions depending on which chord is used.
For example, the C#m with an open B and E string produces a C#m7 but over an A chord, you get an add9 extension.
You’ll get to the bottom of this concept when you take the intermediate guitar course which is great as it can be applied to other songs too.