One of the biggest bands in the 80s
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Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears are an English pop band that sold more than twenty-two million albums.
With hits like Mad World, Seeds Of Love and Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears were one of the biggest bands around in the 80s.
The last time Tears For Fears released an album (Everybody Loves A Happy Ending) it reached #8 in the UK charts. This was in 2004, the year after Gary Jules had a Xmas #1 with his cover version of Mad World.
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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