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Hey everyone! In this lesson I’m going to show you all how to play “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes (commonly known as “What’s Going On”). This one is great for beginners since it uses just 3 chords and they’re all the the same order.

First, I’m going to show you how to play this song with a capo at the 2nd fret (which makes it SUUUUPER easy). For those of you who don’t have a capo or are a bit more advanced, in the 2nd half of this lesson I show you how to play it without a capo (which requires a barre chord).

The tutorial opens with the chord shapes: G, Am and C. All of these are among the first few chords people learn on guitar, so I don’t spend too much time going over them (if you need extra help I go over them in my eBook and my course). We practice playing them in order, to get some chord-switching practice, and then we learn a strumming pattern.

The strumming pattern is deceptively simple. It looks really long and complex, but it’s actually 2 simpler strumming patterns “glued” together. We discuss the best way to break it down, and if you approach it like that you’ll get it down in no time!

After that, we learn how to play the song without a capo, which requires 3 entirely different chord shapes: A, Bm and D. 2 of these chords are easy, but the Bm chord is definitely a challenge. I show you a quick way to conceptualize it, but if you have trouble I recommend going through my barre chord miniseries (https://goodguitarist.com/basic-barre-chords/)

Finally, we practice playing the song together and that’s it! This is a really straight-forward “3-chord wonder” and with a bit of practice should be no problem!

Enjoy!
-James

2018-04-29T13:25:51-08:00 April 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |