Chorus chords and exercises
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Rescue Me – Chorus
The chorus of Rescue Me mainly moves between the two chords A and D. To develop a good guitar part for it, you must first ensure you can play these two chords anywhere on the neck.
Using this loop of the chorus, practice as each exercise show. Alternatively, use the TAB loops in the playlist above.
In example 1, the first chord shape can be seen as either an open A or a G shaped A. When playing a fraction of a chord like this, the two shapes overlap.
The D chord could be seen as either an open D or a C shaped D. Again, the two shapes overlap.
When playing a part for a song it’s important to keep the number of strings to a minimum. Experiment with playing only two strings from the chord shapes, rather than three as the TAB show.
In example 2, the shapes are more clear. The A chord is a G shape, the D chord is definitely a C shape.
As you can see in the first two exercises, the chords are played on the beat using a staccato approach. Cut the chord off early so it doesn’t ring into the next strum. Do this by letting go of the strings on the fretboard, effectively muting with your fretting hand.
The strumming hands’ pendulum movement should be at 16th note pace and must never be interrupted.
This way, adding the extra 16th note is easy.
Ensure all rhythms are played ‘snappy’. The length of the rest after the chord is as important for the groove as the placement of the actual rhythm.
In example 3, we play the E shaped A, followed by the A shaped D.
This is possibly what you’ll end up playing the most when you play the full song.
In example 4, what shapes used are, just like in the first example, debatable.
The A chord is using a D shape, or is it the top part of a C shape? The answer is, they overlap.
The D chord is a G shape.
Finally, in example 5 we play a C shaped A chord and an E shaped D chord.
This final example uses great chord shapes for this song. By moving up the neck and playing higher notes, we increase the intensity.
One idea could be to play these shapes towards the end of the song.
Next time we will use a similar approach as we learn the verse.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)