Cannonball Step 1 (Free Preview)

Cannonball Step 1 (Free Preview)

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Verse Capo VI & I

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Verse – Capo VI & I


Welcome back,

Today we start working on Cannonball by Damien Rice.

The goal of this guitar part is to incorporate the melody into the chords and strumming. Let’s start by simplifying the two elements.

This is what it looks like using a capo on fret VI, thinking in Em.


Putting these two elements together can be done relatively easily. The question is, how many strings do we strum?

Here in example 2, we use a lot of strings. Use the TAB loop in the playlist above to practice this.


Take more strings out and the part becomes more focused. This is what happens in example 3.


In example 4, we add another strum and change the way the last bar is played. Now we incorporate the 3rd of the V chord in the bass. This makes the pull towards chord VI stronger.


Let’s move the capo to fret I and start all over again. This is what the basic melody and verse looks like. You must now think as if in the key of Am.


Using a capo on the first fret, we use chords from the key of Am to put the melody and chords together, practice to the TAB loop.

Here in example 6, we strum many strings.


By playing less strings, we get a more focused part. Make sure you can play this accurately so there is a clear difference between the last example and this, example 7.


In our final example, we’ve taken even more strings away, the final bar, just like in example 4, has a 3rd in the bass for the V chord. This is example 8.


Next time, we do this to the chorus. It will be easier.

See you then!

Dan (your guitar guru)

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