Whistle For The Choir

Whistle For The Choir

Chords and strumming

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Whistle For The Choir chords and strumming


‘Whistle for the Choir’ is a song off the 2006 album ‘Costello Music’ by British indie/rock band The Fratellis.

Spy Tunes have recorded a one guitar version of the song in the key of E and A. You’ll learn both versions when you take the course.

As the solo section is the same progression as the verse/chorus, after you played the song in two keys, you will actually have played it in four keys.

Chord progression

In the key of E, we get these progressions:


| E | E | G#m | G#m Gm | F#m | F#m | B | B7 |


| D | D | F#m | F#m Fm | Em | Em | A | B7 |

In the key of A the chords are:


| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm | Bm | Bm | E | E7 |


| G | G | Bm | Bm Bbm | Am | Am | D | E7 |

Keys and strumming patterns

As you played around with all four progressions, could see how the solo is simply the verse/chorus but a tone down?

In the full lesson, which you’ll get when you take the intermediate guitar course, we play the song in both keys. Of course, you get full TAB for everything that happens in the video lessons but it doesn’t stop there!

We also create a second guitar part and look at what scales you could use when improvising over the chord progression.

When changing key we can’t just simply change the chords and play the same parts.

All chords will lend themselves to playing the song in different ways, especially when it’s a one guitar arrangement.

For example, if chord I is an E chord, switching the bass between the root and 5th, the 5th will be higher than the root. When in the key of A, the 5th can be placed below the root.

By changing key like this you’ll discover more about a song, its chord progression and what can be done with it.

In both versions, the strumming technique of first playing the bass note, then the remaining chord shape is applied. This is a standard, one guitar arrangement technique as you need to incorporate both bass line and chords when playing just one instrument.

You’ll learn more about arranging for one guitar when you take the intermediate course.

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Whistle For The Choir – Lyrics

Whistle For The ChoirWell, it’s a big, big city and it’s always the same
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name
Is it out, of line, if I were simply bold to say would you be mine?
Because I may be a beggar and you may be the queen
I know I may be on a downer I’m still ready to dream

For complete lyrics, go to Whistle For The Choir lyrics.

The Fratellis – Biography

the-fratellis-thumbBeing one of the few bands named after their manager, The Fratellis shot to fame during late 2006, and mainly 2007 when they had three successful singles from their debut album ‘Costello Music’.

Since their debut, The Fratellis have continued to gather new fans around the UK with their blues-influenced pop songs.

To find out more, go to The Fratellis 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


Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘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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