The Kinks were part of the British Invasion
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The Kinks were an English pop/rock group formed in ’63.
Among their hits you can find Lola, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me which, fourteen years later, would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.
Sunny Afternoon first appeared on the ’66 album Face To Face and later as a single from that album. Finally, it appeared as the title track of their ’67 compilation album.
When released as a single in the summer of ’66, it went to #1 in the U.K and Ireland. Whilst in America it reached #14.
It wasn’t just The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles who went to America with their blues, soul and rock n roll infused pop. The Kinks were also a part of the phenomenon along with The Searchers, The Yardbirds, The Animals and The Hollies.
None of the bands might have achieved the same craze as The Beatles did, but the communal effort has bound British pop and rock with American popular music culture ever since.
The British invasion
The British invasion of blues guitar-influenced pop brought artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. and Albert King to fame in America and the world over.
It also changed American music into a much more raw art form and made the electric guitar the most popular instrument in the world.
Many popular culture historians would argue that this ultimately came down to the Big Four as well as these two individuals: Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.
Sunny Afternoon – Step 1
To achieve this we play the sweeping exercise using 12/8, shuffle, and swing rhythms.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 2 (Free Preview)
Not only is it difficult to fret the descending bassline, but there’s also plenty of muting going on as well.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 3
There’s also plenty of songwriting tricks here to learn from if you’d like to write hits yourself.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 4
Practice along to the loop aiming to get it exactly as the TAB display before you start coming up with variations.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 5
Use the chart to guide you as you play along with me and the singer.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 6
We do this by removing the capo and play as if in the key of Dm.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 7
We try both big open position chords to support the first guitar as well as small compact jazz style comping. You’ll gain lots from practicing this.
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Sunny Afternoon – Step 8
As we’re a band now, maybe it’s time to fire up that tour bus and book us some gigs!
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Chords and Guitar Lessons
Going from minor to major like this is one of the best tricks to apply when you want to create a feeling of release in a song.
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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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