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Lesson #8: Playing Songs

by Tyler de Witt posted on 1999-10-17
Topic: For Beginners Subtopic: General
Level: Beginner Number of Readers: 73402

Playing Songs

This lessons will present you with some songs that you can play using only simple open chords. These can be used as exercises to improve your chord changing ability, until there is no noticeable pause or break in the rhythm. Underneath each song title will be the chords you need to play the song.

Blowing in the Wind by Bob Dylan:

D Major		A Major		E Major
xxo---		xo---o		o---oo
......		......		...1..
...1.2		..123.		.23...
....3.		......		......
......		......		......

how many times...
  A   D    A        A   D    E
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

how many times...
  A   D    A        A   D    E
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

the answer my friend...
  D   E    A        D   E    A
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

Amazing Grace

G Major		C Major		D Major
--ooo-		x--o-o		xxo---
......		....1.		......
.1....		..2...		...1.2
2....3		.3....		....3.
......		......		......

amazing grace...
  G      G      C      G  
3|d d d |d d d |d d d |d d d |
4|      |      |      |      |

that saved a wretch...
  G      G      D      D
3|d d d |d d d |d d d |d d d |
4|      |      |      |      |

i once was lost...
  G      G      C      G  
3|d d d |d d d |d d d |d d d |
4|      |      |      |      |

was blind...
  G      D     G       G
3|d d d |d d d |d d d |d     |
4|      |      |      |      |

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan

G Major		C Major		D Major		A Minor
--ooo-		x--o-o		xxo---		xo---o
......		....1.		......		....1.
.1....		..2...		...1.2		..23..
2....3		.3....		....3.		......
......		......		......		......

Note:  Am is the short form for A Minor.

mama take this badge...
  G   D    Am       G   D    C
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

it's getting dark..
  G   D    Am	     G   D    C
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

knock knock knockin...
  G   D    C        G   D    C
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

knock knock knockin...
  G   D    C        G   D    C
4|d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |d d d d |
4|        |        |        |        |

As you might have noticed, songs can be reduced to simple chord shapes and strumming patterns. To play a song, all you have to do is know the chords and how to fit them together. Of course, this doesn't hold true for all songs, and eventually you'll want to play something more interesting than just open chords, but for now, this is very sufficient. It's the most typical way of playing songs, especially on the acoustic guitar, and it's a big step in learning to play.

In the next lessons we'll look at some other ways of playing chords.

Things to remember from this lesson:

1. Songs can be simplified into a chord shapes and strumming patterns.



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