Robbie Williams Biography

Robbie has won 15 BRIT Awards

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Robbie Williams

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!


Guitar Lessons


Angels – Step 1

In this first step, we look at the verse and bridge of Angels by Robbie Williams.

This song is in the key of E, but is it Ionian, or Mixolydian?

Go to Angels step 1.


Angels – Step 2

In this second step, we look at three ways to play the chorus.

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

In this step, we work out how to play the solo on just one acoustic guitar.

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

Let’s play the complete song, from beginning to end with a singer.

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

To find out why Angels is such an obvious hit, we must study the vocal melody.

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

Let’s practice the E Ionian mode in three shapes.

We use the master exercise technique here as we add intervals to the Major Pentatonic.

Go to Angels step 6.


Angels – Step 7

The last two shapes is what we practice in this step, do this to complete the fret board in the key of E.

As a bonus, we also look at how to play in the open position.

Go to Angels step 7.


Angels – Step 8

Possibly the most important scale exercises around.

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.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

This one guitar arrangement of Angels is an example of how to arrange piano parts for the guitar.

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 chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

AngelsI sit and wait,
Does an angel
Contemplate my fate?
Do they know

Go to Angels lyrics.


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