JOHN Style EXERCISE1
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[Bar 1] The 6/8 time signature gives things a different feel and was a metre that John employed in several songs. Pick the bass notes with the thumb but this time instead of using the first finger to strum the chords, you can employ a light brush of the ‘i’‘m’ and ‘a’ fingers. Just ensure that the strumming hand is relaxed so that you are not too strident when you strike the strings.
[Bar 3] The runs between each chord can be sounded with the picking hand thumb throughout, but make sure that you keep the timing even when moving from strumming several strings to picking only one.
[Bar 7] Here we find the use of sus2 and sus4 voicings, which add another character (these chords do not feature a major or minor 3rd, which gives them a ‘suspended’ sound). To see how distinctive this sound can be, listen to George’s opening chord on A Hard Day’s night – a G9sus4.
[Bar 13] Watch out for the grace notes here – the challenge is to hardly sound them and yet keep the timing in place.