Hey everyone! For today’s lesson, I have another three chord wonder for you. “Seven Spanish Angels” by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson. But this isn’t any ordinary three chord tune… There are some very tricky counting parts that we have to overcome in order to properly play this one.
Throughout the video I mention some of my resources, like my free eBook, barre chord course, and complete beginner’s course. These resources are designed to help you do it better and faster.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2:09 – CHORDS + SWITCHING TIPS
4:21 – PRACTICE SWITCHING
5:34 – STRUMMING PATTERN
7:38 – VERSE PLAYALONG
8:28 – CHORUS
9:51 – CHORD CHART (TAB)
11:01 – KEY CHANGE
The lesson begins with the three chord shapes: E, A, and B7. I show you two tricks that will make the chord switching a breeze, so that we can make quick clean switches. This is essential because we need to focus our attention on the counting.
Once we have the chord shapes down, we practice going through the chords in order, counting along and playing each one for the right amount of times, which is much trickier than it seems with this particular song.
Once we’ve taken care of that, however, the strumming pattern is quite simple. We go over it, we break it down, we talk about how to feel it, versus simply going through the motions.
And then we combine it with the chords and play through the verse of the song.
Next up, we learn the chorus which is just like the verse, but with a couple extra measures in certain places.
After playing the chorus together. I take out my whiteboard and write out the entire song for you.
This is your TAB/Chord Chart. It might not be the same kind that you find when you look this song up on Google but this one’s better, because it shows you how long to play each chord for. It makes sure that you play the song correctly. Some people have a sense for that and some people don’t. And if you don’t have a sense for how long to play each chord for you need this chart to get you use to doing that.
Finally, The last thing we talk about is the key change. When you listen to the original recording the last two choruses are played one half step up. This means that our E chord turns into F. Our B7 turns into C7, and our A turns into Bb.
F, C7 and Bb. Obviously, these chords are much more difficult than the three we’ve been using up until this point. Therefore, I’d say the key change is optional, but I thought I’d show you how to do it anyways in case you want to play the song, just like the original recording.
That’s it for this week. I have another one coming soon. In the meantime, practice your butts off!
All the best!