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Robbie Williams is a fifteen-time BRIT Award-winning English pop singer. Williams’ career started as a member of the pop band Take That in 1990.
When Robbie left Take That in 1995 to pursue a solo career, he had sold twenty-five million records with the group.
As a solo artist, he first released hits like Angels and Let Me Entertain You, only to move on to big-band singing on his hugely popular Swing When You’re Winning album.
Angels still end most of Robbie Williams’ live shows!
Despite never getting higher than #4 in the U.K charts, there is little doubt that Angels is by far Robbie Williams’ most popular song.
Only comparable to Wonderwall by Oasis, Angels was voted Best British Song (BRIT awards) of the last twenty-five years in 2005, a position that Wonderwall overtook in 2009.
Over time, Angels sold over one million copies in the UK (two times platinum) and has been covered by many artists, even claiming the Most Popular Karaoke Song Ever title by PRS.
Williams himself says the song has been “very good to his wallet”.
Robbie Williams signs for £80 Million
It’s very likely that Robbie Williams signed the biggest U.K Record Deal ever with EMI for eighty million pounds, based on the huge success with Angels.
The deal focused on how the label would have more control over Williams’ career as he prepared to break America.
The deal was penned by Ingenious Media, a consulting network.
Robbie has reportedly thoroughly enjoyed living in the Hollywood Hills as he now lives an almost normal life!
In 2010, we saw a comeback for Robbie Williams in his old band Take That. I suspect Angels will sneak into the repertoire somehow!
Angels – Step 1
This song is in the key of E, but is it Ionian, or Mixolydian?
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Angels – Step 2
A very peculiarly named chord has crept in, the add4. Not a sus4, as it still has a 3rd.
Go to Angels step 2.
Angels – Step 3
This took me a while to work out as the rhythm and chords must still be present. In the end, it became relatively easy to play.
Go to Angels step 3.
Angels – Step 4
TAB for the entire arrangement is available, which is just all previous examples you practiced so far.
Go to Angels step 4.
Angels – Step 5
Use the TAB to discover what’s outside the key as well as avoided completely. Then, look at the syncopated rhythm as well as what expression techniques you need in order to make this come alive.
Go to Angels step 5.
Angels – Step 6
We use the master exercise technique here as we add intervals to the Major Pentatonic.
Go to Angels step 6.
Angels – Step 7
As a bonus, we also look at how to play in the open position.
Go to Angels step 7.
Angels – Step 8
We must pair the chords with the scale in order to make sense of both the fret board and music in general.
Go to Angels step 8.
Chords and Guitar Lessons
For example, the first chord of verse 2, a C shaped E major chord, use the low open E to create a big sounding, piano-like chord.
Go to Angels lyrics.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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