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Babylon – Verse
Today we finally start working on a song again. It’s Babylon by David Gray and of course, it does have a hammer-on and pull-off lick in it.
The first example, which you’ll find as a TAB loop in the playlist above, is the way David Gray actually plays it.
Perhaps it does make sense to always just play it like this. You could argue that just increasing the dynamics is enough to make the part more or less intense.
I’d like to think that playing this and this only works better when there is a band around.
To beef it up, I naturally played it sligthly differently when I recorded it with a singer.
Perhaps it helps, perhaps it’s no good at all. I’ll let you be the judge of that.
What’s important here is that you’ve seen two different ways of playing this. This puts you in a position to chose between them but also think of ways you might want to vary this verse riff, should you play it on your own.
Notice how all is in the key of D, so no capo. I’ve done this because it’s so difficult to get a guitar in tune when adding a capo on fret 1 that I thought, why make it harder than necessary?
Spend around twenty minutes experimenting with the verse of Babylon before you move on.
Next time, we learn the chorus.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)