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Hey everyone! In today’s lesson I’m going to show you how to play the classic “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan. This song is great to learn for many reasons, but something that I particularily enjoy is the fact that it uses the first 5 chords from the C major chord-scale. Now, this might not be super useful for an absolute beginner, but as time goes on and you begin learning how to make your own chord progressions, this type of knowledge is invaluable.


Having trouble with the basics? You’ll want to check out my Beginner Guitar Course! More information here: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course/

And there’s my FREE eBOOK (which is free for all subscribers!) – You can use it to help you build a solid foundation: chords, switching, progressions, riffs, techniques… everything it takes to be a “good guitarist.” You can find it here: http://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/ (You’ll also find my Lead eBook there, too!)

The lesson begins with the chords used for the verse: C, Dm, Em, F, G (literally the first 5 chords, in order, from the C major chord-scale)

We go over some switching tips to make sure you’re being efficient and making nice, clean, quick switches. Then we practice playing the chords in order, using downstrokes only.

Next, we learn a strumming pattern that goes with the majority of this tune. Down Root Down Down-Up (D R D Du). It’s very simple, but we still take the time to break it down and work it out properly. These are the things that’ll make the difference, especially if you struggle a bit with rhythm.

Following that, we learn the pre-chorus and chorus, which use the same chords, but with different orders. You might need to watch the play-along a few times before you can try it yourself, but everything is laid up there, so you can see and understand what’s going on with every motion.

The last thing I show you is the intro. It’s pretty simple, but the pattern is a bit different, so I figured it’s best to work it out by itself.

I hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you soon!

-James

Hey everybody! In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you how to play “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. We’re going to learn both the intro melody and how to strum through the whole song.


Having trouble with the basics? You’ll want to check out my Beginner Guitar Course! More information here: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course/

And there’s my FREE eBOOK (which is free for all subscribers!) – You can use it to help you build a solid foundation: chords, switching, progressions, riffs, techniques… everything it takes to be a “good guitarist.” You can find it here: https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/ (You’ll also find my Lead eBook there, too!)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

2:07 – Intro Melody
6:41 – Chords (verse)
10:03 – Strumming Pattern
13:04 – Chorus
14:26 – Assembling it

The lesson begins with the melody, which is actually quite simple. The one tricky thing would be using hammer ons to make it sound exactly like the original recording. I show you how to do it both with hammer ons and, if you’re not ready for that, I also show you how to do it without them.

Next I show you how to strum through the verse, which requires some really basic chord shapes (aside from G/B, which is not too bad if you work on it the way I show you).

We practice the chord shapes, learn strumming pattern, and then we take a look at the chorus which uses the exact same chords just in a different order. Finally, we put the whole song together.

Hope you enjoy the lesson!
-James

2018-10-12T14:04:04-08:00 October 24th, 2018|Categories: Learn A Riff, melody, Resource, Strum Along|Tags: , , , |