Rockschool: Free – Wish­ing Well

Build your rhythm skills with the riffs, chords, dou­blestops and arpeg­gios in Rockschool’s easy ar­range­ment of this Free clas­sic

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One of Free’s most suc­ces­ful sin­gles, Wish­ing­well is a clas­sic song with a strong riff and it’s easy to play if you’re fol­low­ing Rockschool’s Grade 1 ar­range­ment. The open­ing riff is based on an im­por­tant build­ing block of pop and rock, the E mi­nor pen­ta­tonic scale (the notes are E, G, A, B and D) and the gui­tar part uses a mix­ture of these.

Fol­low­ing some chords, in bar 12 of the tab you’ll be play­ing a two-note shape (aka a dou­blestop). It’s a quirk of the gui­tar that some­times play­ing fewer notes can sound more pow­er­ful than big­ger chords. Per­fect for bands with­out a key­board player or sec­ond gui­tarist fill­ing out the sound. In bar 16 the tab switches to arpeg­gios and in bar 19 the open sixth string adds weight to the sound. You’ll need to pick care­fully here – so prac­tise slowly to get these arpeg­gios down.

As re­gards tone, dial in a medium gain sound and, if you are us­ing a dig­i­tal mod­el­ling amp, make sure that you use a Mar­shall model to at­tain an au­then­tic re­sult.

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