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.
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.
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 |
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.
Angie – Step 1 (FRee Preview)
Use the TAB loops to practice each section individually.
Go to Angie step 1.
Angie – Step 2
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
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
First up, let’s learn the vocal melody and the scale upon which it is built.
Go to Angie step 4.
Angie – Step 5
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
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
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
Make it sound nice by playing melodies in between vocal lines and chords in different shapes to me.
Go to Angie step 8.
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The Rolling Stones
From the same era as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and The Kinks. The Rolling Stones have outlived all of them.
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The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fret board.
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Intermediate Acoustic Songs
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.
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We’ll use this to map out the entire fret board. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.
Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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