Friday, July 25, 2014

严艺丹 - 三寸天堂 (吉他谱 Chords)

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梁静茹 - 崇拜 (吉他谱 Chords)

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lesson 5 - Strumming Exercise 3 - 晴天 by 周杰伦

The 3rd strumming pattern is also another modification to Pattern A1. It is another variation to make the later part of the song more lively. It is usually used for parts of songs where one chord last for the duration of 1 Bar. We shall use the song 晴天 by 周杰伦 to demo.


In this exercise, note that:
1) Intro at Line 1 and 2 use Plucking.

2) Intro at Line 3 and 4 use the new Strumming Method Pattern A3.

3) Verse 1, 2 and Pre-Chorus mostly use Strumming Method Pattern A1 for simplicity.

4) Most of the Chorus use the new Strumming Method Pattern A3.

5) The new pattern is base on the Pattern A1 except from 3rd Beat onwards are all different strokes.

First, let us look at some new chords:




The above strumming exercise is using the below general pattern:

This pattern can be applied to the songs stated for Pattern A1 like 安静 by 周杰伦, 海阔天空 by Beyond, Sometimes When We Touch by Rod Stewart, 纯真 by Mayday, 爱如潮水 by 张信哲 and many, many more of such genre!

If you are interested in in the full chords of this song as transcribed by me, you can try it out below at your own time:





Conclusion

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lesson 5 - Strumming Exercise 1 + 2 - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You by George Benson

The first strumming pattern you will learn is actually by itself not a conventional pattern used, but more of a fundamental pattern to let you progressively build up on more complicated ones. Recall back in Lesson 3: Chords & Rhythm Playing, Chord Progression Exercise 1 to 3, we learn to strum chords on a basic pattern of all Down Strokes. The idea behind this pattern is that it follows the main drum beats of popular ballad , pop or slow rock songs. Now, we will build up from this pattern.

Lets call this strumming pattern: Pattern A. Lets try the song Nothing’s GonnaChange My Love For You by George Benson.


In this exercise, note that:
1) It is base on the simple Down Stroke pattern in all the exercises of Lesson 3, however, I have added a fast DU at 2.5 Beat and 4.5 Beat instance of every bar. This will make the pattern more lively and less monotone.

2) Because it is not easy to show Strumming on Tabs, for every chord stroke, I have put the tab numbering for every single note of the chord. But it doesn’t mean you strum every single string of the chord strictly. This will make the strumming dead and weird.
Instead, relax your Right Hand when you strum. Strum on majority of the string notes, and for the DU stroke, strum on the higher treble notes because the event for a DU happens very fast.



The above strumming exercise is using the below general pattern:

This strumming method does great at the EARLY part of a song, but you will need to add more strokes and variety later on to make the song sound more lively and heavier as it progress to a different phase. You can try using this method to test out songs like 安静 by 周杰伦, 晴天 by 周杰伦, 海阔天空 by Beyond, Sometimes When We Touch by Rod Stewart, 纯真 by Mayday, 爱如潮水 by 张信哲 and many, many more of such genre!



The next strumming pattern is not a new strumming pattern by itself, but modification to Pattern A1. Because playing Pattern A1 throughout the song will be boring, so you can modify it slightly at later parts of the song to make the song more lively. We shall use the Pre-Chorus and Chorus of  the song Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You by George Benson to demo the idea.


In this exercise, note that:
1) For completion purpose, the new pattern starts at the 3rd line of Pre-Chorus. The 1st two lines still use Pattern A1.

2) The new pattern is base on the Pattern A1, however, I have replaced 3rd Beat with a fast DU, 4th Beat with a fast UDU and 4.5 Beat with a fast DU of every bar. This will make the strumming heavier, making the chorus more emphasized.


First, let us look at one new chord:

The above strumming exercise is using the below general pattern:

This strumming method does great at the LATER part of a song. Similarly, they can be applied to the songs stated for Pattern A1 like 安静 by 周杰伦, 晴天 by 周杰伦, 海阔天空 by Beyond, Sometimes When We Touch by Rod Stewart, 纯真 by Mayday, 爱如潮水 by 张信哲 and many, many more of such genre!


If you are interested in the full chords of this song as transcribed by me, you can try it out below at your own time:


Strumming Exercise 1 + 2 Combined:

Lesson 4 - Plucking Exercise 5 - Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

After learning so many plucking patterns, lets use them together in a a serious popular pop song! We shall play a short modified version of Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars!



In the above above exercise, you will notice that you have used Pattern A for the Verses and a modified version of Pattern C2 (I replaced the 4n beat with 3 treble of the chord instead of 1 bass)  for the Chorus. This gives you an idea how you can combined different Patterns for building up the mood of a song. You may also face difficulty in playing and singing at the same time, especially the words are not always at the exact beat positions. That is why I have tried my best to place the words and the chord notes in line so that it will help you in identifying the correct position, beat and timing to sing the words. You need not be perfect in this exercise to continue to the next section. Just remember to keep practising to get it right!

If you are interested in the full chords of this song as transcribed by me, you can try it out below at your own time: