Ex­am­ple noel gal­lagher in­die strum­ming

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Guitar Techniques - - LESSON | ACOUSTIC -

[Bar 1] We are fol­low­ing a sim­ple strum­ming pat­tern; easy on the sur­face but con­sider this an ex­er­cise in time­keep­ing, dy­nam­ics and ac­cu­racy. The Em11 chord at the end of this bar is not ev­i­dence of Noel’s se­cret jazz side, rather the nat­u­ral ef­fect of us­ing all the open strings as a ‘bridge’ to give him time to get his fin­gers ready for the fol­low­ing chord. You’ll see a sim­i­lar ef­fect at the end of the next bar – and in a lot of John Len­non’s acous­tic work with The Bea­tles. [Bar 2, 4] Sus4 and add9 chords are quin­tes­sen­tial el­e­ments of Noel’s style – it’s eas­ier to move chords around if the notes on the se­cond and first strings (3rd fret) re­main fret­ted all the way through – plus th­ese chords sound great! [Bar 9] Here’s the afore­men­tioned move­ment in ac­tion: in­stead of play­ing a sim­ple C-A-E pro­gres­sion Noel will keep those notes on the top two strings fret­ted down, which leads to a more in­ter­est­ing pro­gres­sion (Cadd9 – A7­sus4-Em7). He uses this a lot in his play­ing and writ­ing (you can also hear it in James Tay­lor’s Fire And Rain).

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