Ed Sheehan’s “Afterglow” Chord Chart

For those of you looking for an accurate transcription of the chords for Ed Sheehan’s new song, “Afterglow” your search is over.

Intro/Verse
Pre-Chorus
Chorus 1
Verse 2
Pre-Chorus 2
Outdo Chorus

The Children Left Behind

There is little doubt that Covid has placed our children at risk in more ways than one. With many schools opting for distance-learning since the March outbreak here in the United States, it was inevitable that the achievment gap would grow. With lower income areas dealing with children at home day after day, the strain has begun to show. The ability for these students to learn at home is proving to be difficult if not impossible.

New York City

With parents unable to find childcare they can afford, many students are left to their own devices during the day. Therefore, schoolwork is not getting done and worse the children are losing interest in learning. To expect children to stay on their computers with no distrations for hours at a time is not working. It is now a major crisis and one that will not be solved for a while.

Older secondary students are not immune from the virus in that they feel hopeless and demoralized. This has caused a rift between teachers and parents that gets downright ugly. With tensions at an all time high in this pandemic the only saving grace is that the vaccine is on the way.

This is my description of the heartbreaking reality of where we are as a nation. Hopefully, things will improve very soon, but in the meantime…

Dan Kanter’s Amazing Rhythm Guitar

I’ve always been fascinated with the guitar playing of Dan Kanter. His playing, mainly when he was with Justin Bieber, always stands out as innovated and hip. His ability to create multi-faceted rhythmic effects that more than mimic the original electronic based versions of songs is second to none.

As an example, Bieber’s live cover of “Hotline Bling” is one of Dan’s best work. In the following tutorial you will see the approach that he can deliver with seeming ease. There are only two chords in the song itself. They are jazzy vesions that are not hard to grab if you put a couple hours into the process.

Make sure your first and second finger are on the same fret (5). before placing your third and fourth fingers down.
This chord is a little harder to grip as the third finger needs to press down on three strings.

Here is the Guitar Pro Score:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19IIkocm49AB9ehPN4-C3XihZ9Z7wXihx/view?usp=sharing

Here is the YouTube Video:

“Hotline Bling” Justin Bieber Tutorial with Dan Kanter on guitar.

Shout out any questions you have for this tutorial!

“Welcome to the Machine” – A Melodic Masterpiece in Disguise

Pink Floyd‘s tech-heavy composition, “Welcome to the Machine” was always way ahead of its time. It brooding and searching and minor-based sonic pallet always took some getting used to, at least for me. But, after covering the song, I discovered the incredible melodic motifs contained within.

This is a two-minute section of the song.

“Tears From Above” Ambient Instrumental Guitar

The state of humanity, and the creator looking down at it all.

Photo Credits:

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

Photo by wang binghua on Unsplash

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Photo by Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

Photo by Jamieson Gordon on Unsplash

Photo by Joe Beda on Unsplash

Photo by Wim van ‘t Einde on Unsplash

Photo by Ivan Jevtic on Unsplash

Photo by Zach Guinta on Unsplash

Photo by Zulmaury Saavedra on Unsplash

Notes:

For the writing of this work I used a Fender American Stratocaster, running into Logic Pro X. The effect on the guitar is Vahalla’s Smimmer, which is my all time favorite guitar effects. Not to mention that it is an incredible tonal experience.

“On My Mind” Jorja Smith (Acoustic Version Tutorial)

In September 2017, Jorja Smith released “On My Mind”, an irresistible and jazzy track.  She worked alongside producer, Preditah. The track first premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. It was her first release that made it into the Official UK Charts reaching #54. It has been streamed well over 13 million times on Spotify alone. 

If you haven’t played them yet, this track will introduce you to a few jazz chord forms. These moveable shapes are not hard to maneuver if you take your time and work out the fingerings. Do not rush through this arrangement. Patience and slow movement will more than pay off.

I did make a correction thanks to a YouTube subscriber. The second chord is an Fm7b5, and not an Fm7 as I say in the video tutorial.

Here is the tab, which I am in the process of completing. Thank you for your patience!

Here is a link to the Guitar Pro Tab/Score:

I will provide more help with video and audio clips.

Thank you!

Mark

Taylor and Brendon are “Me”.

Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie team up for a pop summit and produce, well, a hit of course.

Here is the chord/lyric score for the song, “Me”, by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco.

https://docs.ghttps://docs.google.com/document/d/11rRGirdi6pAyakp6oRWVdgIM-T_YkrsyemQ_ujTYuME/edit?usp=sharing

Here is a link to the Acoustic Guitar Tutorial:

“Shallow”. The acoustic guitar hits the pop scene in a big way.

Click Here for the Tutorial:

“Shallow” Guitar Tutorial

Click Here for the Tab/Score for guitar:

Shallow

The acoustic guitar has had occasional spotlight moments reaching out and making itself known as a legitimate accompaniment instrument worthy of featured airplay. Eric Clapton scored big with his 1992 mega-hit “Tears in Heaven”. The song dominated the charts and made it cool to play acoustic guitar again. Decades before, the Mason Williams classic instrumental, “Classical Gas” roared up the charts. The song won three Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Composition, Best Contemporary-Pop Performance, and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

“Shallow” is nowhere near the level of the aforementioned songs in structure or instrumentation, but it is a wonderfully written guitar part and engaging song to play. 

Make sure to take care on the chord switches during the intro and verse sections. I will finish the score making sure to provide a version that is not fingerpicked for those of you just wanting to strum and easier version. 

Lana Del Rey: “Brooklyn Baby” guitar score and tutorial.

Here is the link to one of Lana Del Rey’s greatest songs, “Brooklyn Baby”.

I’ve included a link to the Part 1 guitar tutorial, which covers the main guitar riff. A full tutorial will be up within two days.

 

 

Tutorial (Part One)

Part 1: Intro Guitar

Lana’s Website:

 

“Goodbyes”- Jorja Smith

Here is the Guitar Tab and Playthrough for the wonderful R&B hit by singer, songwriter Jorja Smith.

Jorja Smith

Here is the link to the playthrough:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq3LdxVu2iM   

Here is the link to the Guitar Pro Tab:

Tutorial on it’s way!