Master Acoustic Songs

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Six master acoustic guitar songs

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Preview the Acoustic Songs from the Master Course

Take your time with these master acoustic songs, they are huge soundscapes of chord progressions, key changes, and modes.

In the master course, we look at every detail of each song. You’ll learn them exactly as I play in the video, note for note using TAB but we will also look at understanding the songs.

In the course, we find out which modes and arpeggios are used, if there are any key changes, what other possible chord shapes you could use – we even play vocal melodies and improvise solos.

By doing this, you will learn how to use modes and arpeggios when developing an arrangement.

Find out more about each individual song by following the links below.

Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes‘Angel Eyes’ is a jazz standard in the minor blues format.

Using a walking bass, you should play this song differently every time by improvising the bass line.

If you have practised your chords in every position you can easily add them, no matter where your walking bass leads you.

Go to video lessons: Angel Eyes chords.

Arthur’s Theme

Arthurs Theme‘Arthur’s Theme’ is a feast of chord progressions, extensions and clever key changes.

To fully understand this masterpiece you have to name each chord as a roman numeral and keep track of all of those very clever modulations.

In the master course, we do just that. We learn it note for note using complete TAB, including the electric guitar solo!

Go to video lessons: Arthur’s Theme chords.

Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Dream A Little Dream Of MeI’ve recorded Mama Cass classic version of ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ almost note for note.

That’s until the chorus kicks in. On the original recording, there is very little guitar so this section has been arranged almost from scratch to work on one acoustic guitar.

This is often the case when arranging for one guitar. You can work out some parts but have to invent others.

Go to video lessons: Dream A Little Dream Of Me chords.

I Wish

I WishOriginally in the key of Ebm, this song has been transposed up to Em in order to work better on just one acoustic guitar.

The bass line is very prominent in this song and must, therefore, be a big part of the one guitar arrangement.

Another big feature is how the chords rhythmically follow the vocal.

Go to video lessons: I Wish chords.


TendernessHuge chords and odd time signatures dominate ‘Tenderness’, possibly the most difficult tune Spy Tunes have to offer.

The harmonic landscape is so huge in this relatively unknown Paul Simon tune it will take a while to get to grips with every section.

As if that wasn’t enough I’ve changed key up a 4th and the time signature from 4/4 to 12/8.

Go to video lessons: Tenderness chords.

Why Don’t You Do Right?

Why Dont You Do Right In ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’ you get an even more prominent walking bass line than what you had in ‘Angel Eyes’.

To know all your chord shapes is now extremely important so the walking bass line can be improvised with chords added wherever you may be on the fretboard.

Take the master course and you get everything transcribed, including a bonus solo and a jazz backing track to improvise over.

Go to video lessons: Why Don’t You Do Right?