Learn How To Play Angie

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals


Angie is a single by The Rolling Stones from the 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

The song clearly points to Am as the home chord, making it in the key of Am. Only one chord wander outside the key and that is the E7.

E7 is chord IIIx and its job is to point towards Am more clearly than an Em (chord III) would have.

Funnily enough, in Angie, we don’t go to Am after the E7. Clearly, The Rolling Stones are rock n roll even when it comes to their chord movements!

In the 2nd video of the playlist above, you’ll find the complete song played from beginning to end. This includes the genius intro which is discussed note for note in the course.

Chord progression

Angie is an Aeolian sounding composition with a chord progression that appears in an unusual order.

These are the chords for the verse/instrumental/chorus tag sections.

| Am | E7 | G F | C (G/B) |

The chorus uses common chords in a slightly different order to what normally happens in hit songs.

| G | Dm Am | C F | G |

Finally, the M8 goes somewhere new by starting on Dm.

| Dm | Am | x3

I C F | G |

Chord extensions

Only a few chords have been modified in Angie, let’s look at them:

E7 – This should have been an Em, by turning it into an E7 the pull towards Am becomes stronger. However, instead of moving to Am, we go to G, this is very unusual.

G/B – This is just a V chord with the 3rd in the bass, it makes the move from C smoother.

Guitar Lessons

Angie – Step 1 (FRee Preview)

In the first step of how to play Angie, we look at how to strum the verse and chorus.

Use the TAB loops to practice each section individually.

Go to Angie step 1.

Angie – Step 2

In this step, we learn the M8 and Intro. The M8 has two examples to practice along to the loop but you could make up your own as well.

The intro should be played exactly like the original recording as it is more of a composed part.

Go to Angie step 2.

Angie – Step 3

Let’s play the complete song from beginning to end.

Use the video of me and the singer to play along with. There is also a chart to follow.

Go to Angie step 3.

Angie – Step 4

As you already know how to play the song now, let’s start learning from the song.

First up, let’s learn the vocal melody and the scale upon which it is built.

Go to Angie step 4.

Angie – Step 5

More A Minor Pentatonic shapes in this step as we learn the Dm and Cm shape as well as repeat the Am shape at fret 12.

Of course, we also look at how the verse and chorus melody use it as we play in all shapes.

Go to Angie step 5.

Angie – Step 6

Let’s work out a 2nd guitar part for the verse of Angie. As one guitar is already playing big chords, this part can be more free, even improvised.

Before you let go and improvise, start by learning the TAB, focusing on how the A Minor Pentatonic is used.

Go to Angie step 6.

Angie – Step 7

In this step, let’s do to the chorus what we just did to the verse.

Use these ideas as your starting point before developing them yourself. If you can’t come up with anything, move these ideas to other shapes.

Go to Angie step 7.

Angie – Step 8

In this final step, we play together as if we were a band.

Make it sound nice by playing melodies in between vocal lines and chords in different shapes to me.

Go to Angie step 8.

Related Pages


AngieAngie, Angie
When will those clouds all disappear?
Angie, Angie
Where will it lead us from here?

Go to Angie lyrics.

The Rolling Stones

the-rolling-stones-thumbThe Rolling Stones are an English band that became popular in the early 1960s. Incredibly, the band has stuck with it and still tour and record together 6 decades later.

From the same era as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and The Kinks. The Rolling Stones have outlived all of them.

Go to The Rolling Stones biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.

Go to Intermediate guitar course.

Intermediate Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the acoustic guitar.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate acoustic songs.


All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

Go to Intermediate guitar exercises.

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