the King Of Soul
Biography and Guitar Lessons
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Sam Cooke has been called The King Of Soul. His legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.
His career was short as he died at the age of thirty-three. He was shot at the Hacienda Hotel. The hotel manager, Bertha Franklin, told the police that she shot him in self-defense.
Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including You Send Me, Chain Gang, A Change Is Gonna Come, Wonderful World, and Bring It On Home To Me.
a response to Blowin’ In The Wind
The song would also be used as an anthem for the civil rights movement in modern America during the mid to late 60s.
Similarly, in 2008, the song was used in President Barrack Obamas’ election campaign.
Led by keywords such as Change and Yes We Can, the song came to back one of the most important historical events in modern history, the election of a black American president.
A Change Is Gonna Come legacy
Unfortunately, Sam Cooke never got to enjoy the success of the song as he died under mysterious circumstances in December 1964.
A Change Is Gonna Come didn’t peak in the charts until February the following year.
A Change Is Gonna Come is easily Sam Cooke’s most serious work. Previously he delivered sugar-sweet songs like Ain’t That Good News and Wonderful World.
All of these songs put together have included Sam Cooke as one of the founding fathers of American soul music.
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.
Chords and Guitar Lessons
Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the key of A.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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