EX­AM­PLE PAUL WELLER ACOUS­TIC

Guitar Techniques - - LESSON: 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.

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