EXAMPLE PAUL WELLER ACOUSTIC
[Bar 1] Nothing to contend with here, it’s a simple strummed A minor chord to get us going; but it’s important to pay attention to the syncopated rhythm as you play on the ‘and’ of beat 3. [Bar 3] Rather than staying on an A minor chord a simple change of fingering yields this open sounding and James Taylor-esque A7sus4 chord. [Bar 11] Here is a chord that you may not be expecting, the tense sounding E7#5 (also known as an E7 augmented). The idea here is that this chord, the V chord of A (also favoured by John Lennon - a big influence on Weller), can handle all this tension before releasing back to the much more settled I chord of A minor. This can be quite a tricky chord to grapple with so I’ve added a suggested fretting-hand fingering. [Bar 14] For this second pass through the chord progression we’ll add some Weller-esque embellishments such as the hammer on figure at the end of this bar - it’s a simple move but lifts the piece dramatically.