Daniel Merriweather Biography

Merriweather found success through producer Mark Ronson

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Daniel Merriweather

Australian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in 2003, appearing on his Here Comes The Fuzz.

After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather that was released in 2009.

Influences such as Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley are clear without it feeling like a rip-off. Melodic fragments of the two great singers might be found in Merriweather’s songs but this doesn’t disturb the compositions. Instead, it enhances them!

Merriweather’s production on Love & War might seem like a very full-on arrangement when listening to it for the first time. This may come as a surprise after the simplicity of Amy Winehouse ’06 release Back In Black.

This brilliantly showcases his depth as a producer to accommodate the voice of each singer.

Behind the massive production of Red stands Mark Ronson

Red was the second single off Australian Daniel Merriweather’s second album Love & War which was produced by Mark Ronson.

Previous to Love & War, Merriweather recorded an album in 2006 entitled The Fifth Season. However, this first album was never released.

After an initial release of Change in February 2009, Merriweather released Red in May and entered the UK chart at #5 where it remained for a month. It achieved good circulation on U.K radio stations and was even predicted to become the song of the year by many.

The video for Red was shot in Brooklyn and directed by Anthony Mandler, a well-known video director with videos by Rhianna, Jay-Z, The Killers, John Legend and Mary J Blidge behind him.

The video consisted of a dramatic feast of shadows and angles shot with a handheld camera.

Both the video and the song production were in the same style as those of other artists and bands released during 2009 such as The Script, who incidentally is on the same label as Merriweather.

Spytunes’ version of Red is much slower than the original. You can decide what you think works best when you play your own version of this song.

Guitar Lessons

Red – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In the first step, we look at how to play the verse of Red as played in this one acoustic guitar arrangement.

The tempo has been lowered from 92 to 78 BPM and the overall feel is very different from the original.

Go to Red step 1.

Red – Step 2

Let’s take a look at how to play the bridge and M8 sections of the song.

Both these sections use the same chord progression that moves from chord VI, down to V, finishing on chord IV.

Go to Red step 2.

Red – Step 3

The most difficult part of this acoustic arrangement is playing what we study in this step, the chorus.

Chorus 1, 2 and the outro chorus are fully transcribed, including TAB loops to help you practice.

Go to Red step 3.

Red – Step 4

The time has come to play the complete song. A chart is provided but it is extremely simple. No rhythms are included.

Instead of reading and copying me exactly, just play along with us and see if you can keep up. Achieve this and you’ll be able to play this song on your own.

Go to Red step 4.

Red – Step 5

In this step, we start working on the modes. The most misunderstood music theory concept guitar players face.

As well as looking at the rise and fall of the S-E P R, we work out how to best learn, understand and use the modes.

Go to Red step 5.

Red – Step 6

To assist your journey of understanding and being able to actually use the modes, we work on how to play Mixolydian in this step.

First, we compare it to Ionian, only one note differ. More importantly, we have to hear the difference when using these two scales in the same key.

Go to Red step 6.

Red – Step 7

The final mode we must understand and be able to play in order to phrase over Red is Lydian.

This is the mode for chord IV, the chord I feel is the essence of this particular song.

Go to Red step 7.

Red – Step 8

In this final step, we learn the various vocal melodies from Red. At the same time, we study the intervals used from each mode.

By digging this deep we can create improvisations that follow the same feeling as the song has. Could this be the secret to making great music?

Go to Red step 8.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Red, by Daniel Merriweather, is in the key of E major and only uses the I, IV, V and VI chord throughout the entire song.

We get different extensions depending on what chord is used in conjunction with the open strings that keep ringing through all chords.

Go to Red chords and guitar lessons.


RedAnd I’m alright
Standing in the streetlights here
Is this meant for me
My time on the outside is over

Go to Red lyrics.

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