Intro & Verse
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Red – Intro and Verse
Today we start working on a new song by Daniel Merriweather and Mark Ronson called Red.
As I speak about in the video, my version is much slower at 78 BPM, compared to 92 like the original recording.
The reason for this is that I felt Mark Ronson pushed the tempo too far and didn’t get the best out of the vocal melody in this song.
Changing the tempo this much changes the feel of the song. Also, I’ve basically completely ignored the guitar on the original recording and just aimed to make it my own.
Arrogant as this may seem, I invite you to take a critical approach like this to songs you cover as without, you’ll end up just being a copy.
Without identifying greatness and weakness in songs, you won’t be able to contribute and develop your own voice.
Saying all this, Mark Ronson is my favorite modern producer, the Amy Winehouse album, for example, is, in my opinion, the best album that came out of the U.K in the last two decades.
Anyway, let’s talk about the loops you’re practicing today. Here’s the intro and first verse.
The first verse is the only part of this arrangement that has some sort of repetitiveness to it. Each bar is different rhythmically, but when it is repeated, it is actually the same again.
Practice along to the TAB loop until you’re syncing well with me.
As verse 2 comes along, the chord shapes change and also the actual chord which is now an A, rather than Asus2.
There’s another TAB loop for this. Practice until you’re in sync with me.
Next time, we learn how to play the bridge.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)