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Hey everyone! In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum. I’m still not 100% sure what they’re singing about, but the harmony alone is enough to get me going on this one… that perpetually descending bassline – so good!

If you need help with any of the stuff in this lesson, please check out my resources:

Free eBook, covering the basics of rhythm guitar: https://goodguitarist.com/learn-rhythm-guitar/

Complete Beginner’s Course: https://goodguitarist.com/beginner-guitar-course/

Barre Chords Made Easy: https://goodguitarist.com/barre-chords

The lesson begins with the chord shapes. This song seems like it has 12 chords, but it’s really just 3: C G and F. Then there are 4 variations for each one (which gives us the descending bassline). I try my best to demonstrate this and I want you to practice the shapes in groups like that. I.E. do the whole “C” sequence (C, C/B, C/A, C/G) and then the whole “F” sequence, etc. Just practice each until they’re solid and then we can put them together using downstrokes only.

After working out the shapes, we take a look at a simple strumming pattern that works very nicely with the feel of this song. D r D Du. It’s one of the most common (probably 2nd) strumming patterns. We work it out, and then add it to our chord shapes.

Finally we take a look at the other bits (intro and chorus). They are variations of the main part (just adding a few chords at the end).

Whenever we have a song like this, where the parts are mostly the same but have slight variations as we go along, we really need to write out a “road map” for the whole thing. It just takes a minute, but having a visual reference will really help you stay on track with this one.

All-in-all, this is a simple but tricky tune. Have a fun time practicing and I’ll see you soon!

-James

2019-06-22T07:54:47-08:00 June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Resource, Strum Along|Tags: , , |