learn How To Play Talking About A Revolution
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
Talking About A Revolution is a single from Tracy Chapman‘s hugely successful debut album.
In a string of three hits, Tracy became world-famous before you even turned the album over.
Using a super simple and often looped chord progressions, she wrote honest songs that sounded like they should be played on street corners and inspire real change.
When I play the song, I’ve added a breakdown picking pattern just to mix things up a bit. This is a common trick when arranging for just one guitar, you have to put some dynamics in if you’re all on your own.
The simplest way to create a 2nd guitar part would be to simply pick when I strum and strum when I pick. In the course, we start there as we create 2nd guitar parts.
In the final step, we change key and by using a capo get back in the original key. Doing this means that when you play along with me, we’ll sound great together.
The chord progression for Talking About A Revolution is very easy to remember as it only has four chords.
In the key of G we play the movement of I – IV – VI – V.
With some extensions added, we get these chords.
||: G Cadd9 | Em D Dsus4 :||
This progression is played on a loop for the entire song.
First Song In The Course
If you’re a complete beginner or someone who just wants to start from scratch, this is it.
We start with Tracy’s super simple Talking about a Revolution and learn one of the great secrets to playing the guitar. The road block that almost all beginners fall by. The reason you tried it, but gave up once.
The secret is that you can’t switch perfectly between playing open position chords, or any chords for that matter. You can practice as much as you want, it is not just seemingly impossibly, it is impossible.
Like a magician, playing guitar is all about sleight of hand. It may look like I’m switching between chords perfectly, and therefore you should practice switching, you shouldn’t.
Instead, you should learn how to get around the problem by using open strings, adding extensions and other tricks of the trade, just like Tracy does in Talking About A Revolution.
Strumming a G chord (Free Preview)
In the video lesson, I’ll reveal how there are more than one way to fret this simple chord.
Go to Strumming a G chord.
The Chromatic Exercise
By moving up and down the neck like this, you will gain control over your picking technique as well as develop fine motor skills in your fretting hand.
Go to The chromatic exercise.
Talking About A Revolution – Step 1
We simply apply the same pattern to Em, D, and Cadd9.
Talking About A Revolution – Step 2
In this lesson, we do just that.
The Chromatic Exercise Revisited
Put together, what we really work on is the coordination of the left and right hand.
Talking About A Revolution – Step 3
Practice all examples along with the loop and you’ll be able to play this song on your own soon.
Talking About A Revolution – Step 4
In this step, we play the entire song from beginning to end.
Talking About A Revolution – Step 5
To change key from G to C means we’ll also learn new chords.
Amazingly, these were the three first songs on the debut.
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Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
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Beginner Acoustic Songs
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What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
Go to Beginner guitar exercises.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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