You can learn how to play Talking About A Revolution by Tracy Chapman!

The opening track of the highly acclaimed and self-titled debut album Tracy Chapman is also the first song in the beginner acoustic guitar course.

There is so much to learn here! The defined guitar part, the way the arrangement builds, the genius 2nd guitar that supports Tracy’s strumming, the simple lyrical message, Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution really does hold a lot of secrets to great song writing and guitar playing.

In the course, we learn it exactly how Tracy plays it, including that 2nd guitar part and even develop it.

In 8 steps you will be well on your way to understanding the fundamentals of what makes a great guitar part.


This seemingly simple chord progression uses GCadd9EmD, or as I’d like to think of it, I – IV – VI – V.

But it’s not that simple, the key to really learn from this is to understand how many strings are strummed for each chord, this is what turn it into a defined, recognizable part.

Full TAB is available in the course where we discover that the D actually has a sus2 extension, and how it can be further developed to a sus4.

The 2nd guitar part uses a D/F#, slotting in between the sus2 and possible sus4 modifications.

If you want to really learn guitar, there is no better place to start than with a revolution!

Talking About A Revolution – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Talking About A Revolution by Tracy Chapman!

Step 1 (Strumming a G chord)Step 2 (The chromatic exercise)Step 3 (Strumming Em, D and Cadd9)Step 4 (Original, 2nd guitar and alternative parts)Step 5 (The chromatic exercise to a click)Step 6 (Complete song)Step 7 (2nd guitar parts)Step 8 (2nd guitar play along).

Talking About A Revolution – Lyrics

Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ bout a revolution,
it sounds, like a whisper.
Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ about a revolution,
it sounds, like a whisper.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Lyrics.

Tracy Chapman – Biography

Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles Fast Car, Talking About A Revolution, and Baby Can I Hold You from her self-entitled titled debut album Tracy Chapman.

Amazingly, these were the three first songs on the debut.

Go to Tracy Chapman – Biography.

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