Gary recycled a Tears For Fears hit and got a Xmas #1
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Gary Jules is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his cover of Mad World by Tears For Fears. It became the UK Christmas number one single in ’03.
Following the worldwide success, Gary Jules kept selling his own CDs on CD Baby as well as the song being released through a record label.
CD Baby made Gary some serious cash out of this mad world and gave the aspiring artist a hot tip – Don’t sign the first contract you see!
Mad World – Step 1 (Free Preview)
This composition is in Dorian, which means chord II is our home.
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Mad World – Step 2
The chorus only moves between the II and V chord, a very common movement.
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Mad World – Step 3
This will also help with remembering it, as well as understanding music and the guitar neck on a deeper level.
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Mad World – Step 4
When you’re comfortable playing this, try it with me and a singer as well.
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Mad World – Step 5
These two chords are a II – V and what you play in the chorus of Mad World.
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Mad World – Step 6
Persist and you will soon master the CAGED system.
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Mad World – Step 7
We can now play the intro melody using open strings and add a sus4 instead of a sus2 to our I chord which is now a C.
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Mad World – Step 8
To make the chorus work better with the capo, I use a Bm7 instead of a Bm.
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Chords and Guitar Lessons
All chords are from the key of D major, however, D is not the home chord, Em is. This is why it’s “in Dorian” where we call chord II home.
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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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