Chords and strumming
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Angel Eyes chords and strumming
The verse is at home in Aeolian. Using an almost chromatic descending bass line, it moves Am – Am/G – Am/F – Am/E – Am/Eb.
This creates a very sad background, so when moving to the bridge’s II – V – I, we get a serious dose of harmonic release.
The bridge section is actually in a new key and there’s plenty more to investigate when it comes to ‘Angel Eyes’ chord progression.
I’ll tell you all about it in the master course.
Moving a progression around the fretboard
Being in Am, it is certainly very tempting to use the open position chords as you see first in the video lesson.
The bass line really shines this way but staying down there for the whole song may become a bit boring.
The second time the verse appears we play around fret five instead using an Am chord in an Em shape. Still, applying the bass line.
This way, when you go back to the open position Am, it sounds even bigger!
By using different positions of the same chord progression like this we can create natural dynamics in any song.
Angel Eyes in the guitar course
This is a jazz standard and the whole point of a jazz standard is that you can play the chords, the melody as well as improvise over it.
When you take the master guitar course we do just that by:
- Understanding the chord progression
- Identifying the active modes
- Playing the vocal melody
- Developing the melody
- Improvising over all sections
Only by going this far will you fully understand how ‘Angel Eyes’ is constructed.
Only by digging this deep can you learn from the song.
Angel Eyes – Lyrics
For complete lyrics, go to Angel Eyes lyrics.
Frank Sinatra – Biography
Frank’s legacy might best be summed up by Stephen Holden who wrote for the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide: “Frank Sinatra’s voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan – Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing.”
To find out more, go to Frank Sinatra biography.
Matt Dennis – Biography
Performing with his family from an early age in the Vaudeville tradition, Matt got to know American showbiz before he even learned to read or write.
To find out more, go to Matt Dennis biography.
The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Master Guitar Course
Building 2nd guitar parts, solo arrangement or even writing – Whatever music you want to create, your fretboard knowledge certainly won’t stand in your way!
Preview the exercises here: Master Guitar Lessons
‘Angel Eyes’, ‘Arthurs’s Theme (The Best That I Can Do)’, ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’, ‘I Wish’, ‘Tenderness’, and ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’.
To preview each song, go to Master Acoustic Songs
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