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Al Green is an American R&B, Gospel and Soul singer who enjoyed great popularity during the 70s.
Among his hits, you’d find Let’s Stay Together, Take Me To The River, and Love and Happiness.
But he also successfully covered A Change Is Gonna Come, Unchained Melody, Light My Fire and My Girl.
Green was not signed to one of the major labels, instead, he opted for Memphis label Hi Records. Apart from Ann Peebles and her main hit I Can’t Stand The Rain, Hi Records had all its success with Al Greens recordings.
Following the serious success of the 70s, Green moved away from the commercial world and spent the 80s singing strictly gospel. After all, Al Green was the reverend!
In 1988 he made a comeback and has been touring and releasing albums ever since.
His latest release came as late as 2019!
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 1 (Free Preview)
Out of all 8 steps, this is by far the most difficult. It is also the most complex lesson so far in this course.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 2
Now we’re dealing with chord II and VI mainly. The rhythm is super repetitive and you could even make up your own variations.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 3
Ironically, it looks the most complicated if you focus on the chord names. In the video lesson, I talk about why these chords have the names they do.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 4
Still, the verse strumming is difficult. Try copying me in detail as well as just playing along, not worrying too much about it.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 5
This is definitely not easy as they have the same notes!
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 6
Having something to say certainly helps, although to get on the radio, you got to hit the correct intervals as well…
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 7
Start by playing as the TAB show and I explain in the video lesson, then try varying it.
A Change Is Gonna Come – Step 8
Use the 2nd guitar part ideas you learned in the last step as your foundation. Every time you play it again, modify it.
Take Me To The River – Step 1 (Free Preview)
We also look at the initial transcriptions of bass line, horns, and strings to get this arrangement going.
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Take Me To The River – Step 2
The question is, how do we combine horns, keyboards, and bass line into a one acoustic arrangement?
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Take Me To The River – Step 3
Since the verse is varied leading into this section this is also included in all examples.
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Take Me To The River – Step 4
The horns have an important part to play here, so does the bass. Put these together and you have a part.
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Take Me To The River – Step 5
If you know the previous parts well, this is not too difficult to achieve.
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Take Me To The River – Step 6
Simply play along with the TAB loops and you will complete the first half of this one acoustic guitar arrangement.
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Take Me To The River – Step 7
The verse and chorus now have all embellishments such as hammer-on, slide, mutes etc. Nail it note for note using TAB loops.
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Take Me To The River – Step 8
Play it along with me and a singer.
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Chords and Guitar Lessons
The question is: How do you combine all those strings, horns, keyboards, guitars, and bass lines into just a one acoustic guitar arrangement?
Chords and Guitar Lessons
Bass line, horn and string section parts as well as the guitars, drums, percussion and keys sound like one organic machine on the original recording. The challenge lies within making it work on just one acoustic.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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