Hey everybody! In this lesson I’m going to show you how to play “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed. I’m going to show you a chord-melody for the intro (which is normally played by both a bass and a guitar) and I’m also going to show you how to strum through this song using just three chord shapes!
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The lesson begins with the chord-melody (intro). It’s actually very simple really… just a few notes. I take you through it step-by-step and show you exactly how to play it.
After that we take a look at the rhythm guitar part – and we actually have quite a few options here.
There’s a couple ways we can play the F chord one of them is the same way they do it on the original recording using a chord called F6, the other way is using the four finger easy F chord. Once we go over the chord shapes and it’s actually mostly a 2 chord song: just C and F. We practice these shapes, and then take a look at the strumming pattern.
I give you two options here: one of them sounds exactly like the original recording, the other one is much simpler to play (just in case you’re newer to guitar). After practicing both of those strumming patterns (choose one of them) we put it together with the two chord shapes and play through the verse.
After that, all we have to do is learn one more chord shape for the pre chorus: D minor. We work out the chords for the pre-chorus in order and then practice it with the strumming pattern (which is actually the easier strumming pattern from before so even if you can do the more complicated one you still do need to use the simple one for this part!)
Next we play through the entire song a little bit slower than the original recording. Hope you enjoyed this lesson I’ll see you soon!