“Find Me” Guitar Tutorial
XXXTentacion has once again placed the guitar front and center in another of his mixes. The young man continues to use the instrument that was missing in the genre since the days of the famous collaboration with Run DMC “Walk This Way”.
X’s guitar is very unlike Joe Perry’s as there are no wild guitar solos and few power chord excursions. What there is though is pure rhythmic and melodic contours that light up his music.
For this song you will need a clean electric and delay. Check out the tutorial and I’ll have more to say here.
“Góðan Daginn” – Acoustic Guitar Tutorial (Part 1)
There is no way to do a thorough job on a song as long and dense as this one. Therefore, I will break it up into three videos. This first installment covers the Intro and Verse. Those sections alone take :45 seconds. Imagine that, a real introduction. Most pop songs are heading into the chorus by now.
The acoustic guitar score is brilliant in its non-stop arpeggiated beauty, It serves as a guide of sorts for the massive orchestration that eventually surrounds it. For those of you in the upper-intermediate playing range, this will further develop your playing in terms of what I like refer as “note streaming”. That being a constant flow of notes that are rarely interrupted (if at all) by stops or pauses. This is the perfect introduction concentrated guitar playing. Stay focused and keep your movements even and on the beat.
While not too difficult to play, you must take care to not become complacent and sloppy throughout. It’s very easy to create a lot of string chatter on this part. Make sure to lift your fingers and move quickly and accurately to the next chord. I also recommend using a pick on this but, you should do what comes natural to your playing style. Looking forward to completing this gem!
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“Indecision” by the 19 year old rapper XXXTentacion is easily one of the most angry displays of angst and rage that’s come from an artist in years. This is “real feel”. Of course, the reasons are well-known by fans and foes alike. But, one thing is unmistakeable, the troubled teen is one clever musician as he knows how to creat a vibe that gets traction and respect.
The music is much the same as the falling chromatic bass line in this dark-minor dirge drags you into a world of his making. One where the guitar becomes a willing ally in misery revenge.
The guitar part is not difficult to perform technically, but the vibe is. It’s a one shot ode to life in the life of crime and swagger. Sounding “very” improvised this short but potent part is fun to play as one can feign anger and injustice from the perspective of, “Hey, glad it’s not my life, but I can pretend.”
Use a messy sounding light overdrive setting but hit the strings like the hours are counting down and the bill is due. You can then unashamedly drench the guitar solos in reverb and play with feeling.
Acoustic Guitar Tutorial for “It’s Strange” original by Louis the Child (Feat. K. Flay).
For this tutorial I think it’s fair to warn you that you’d better be ready to work that right hand. Guitarist Ashley Juno is a firecracker of a player and is off the charts on this one minute barrage.
Handling both electric and acoustic guitars with ease this young lady is breathing fire into the word of pop and rock covers. She plays with an creative aggression not seen for a long time. Finally!!!!
I have provided the tab and tutorial for the first two measures! What? Why only two measures? Well, there is so much going on that I was not leaving any detail out of this wild acoustic guitar display. The into consists of only two chords, D Major 7 and an E minor 7. They are root 5 structures and will certainly get you up to speed on the shapes.
The challenge will be in the right hand. Well, I’ll have more to say about that soon!
“Perfect” Guitar Tutorial
This guitar tutorial for the song “Perfect”, written by Ed Sheeran, should present few problems if you are an intermediate and aboveplayer. The song is exclusively played in the arpeggio style using the well-know I – vi – IV – V chord progression.
This progression is still used today as almost a novelty (an insult if there ever was one) and has succumbed to the “extremely tired” I – V – vi – IV juggernaut that has produced so many lightweight pop offerings due to its ease of play and perfect fit for simple melodic doodling.
The song is in A Flat Major but of course, I’ve placed a capo on the first fret and played as in G. Hey, why struggle? I used a pick on this guitar part even though Ed favors a finger style approach on just about everything he plays. Additionally, I used my Taylor Koa instead of an electric.
Keep your wits about you at the end of the chorus as the little interlude is the halfway point of the song. I’ve fingered that with all open strings after the root notes (although the D chord has the typical F# in the bass).
“Perfect is a great song and an even greater collaboration with star-struck Ed Sheehan more than holding his own (relative to his genre) with the master vocalist Andrea Bocelli.
In high school, the man who conducted my Psych class stressed the importance of asking “how?”, not “why?”. Not “why did you strangle someone?”, but rather “how you became the strangler?”. Notice I said conducted, not taught. Riding herd, more like. Freud, emasculated, by professorial apathy. Still, that one item survived across the years, a useful filter to keep the mind agile.
Dominique Blanchar, George Tyne, Gary Merrill in Decision Before Dawn, 1951, directed by Anatole Litvak
Today’s epiphany came courtesy of catching an old flick on youtube, Decision Before Dawn. Brutal times, brilliant execution. War was still fresh in ’51, I’m sure it resonated — no, wrong word… More like ripped out the viewer’s heart. How? I was bored, and ran a search beginning with the word “dawn”, and up it came, grabbing my throat by the eyeballs.
That, in turn, led to The Man…
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I’ve been asked about the strumming pattern for Rachel Platten’s acoustic version of “Fight Song”.
I discovered this version and will go with her approach to the chorus section.
Take your time if you haven’t played this pattern yet. It is a basic strumming pattern but of course that’s relative.
You can refer to my original tutorial to learn the whole song.