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 turns 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 into 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!

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 4)

In the first video above, starting at 2:45, you find a preview of Talking About A Revolution’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 4 from the course.

Below, there’s TAB of the first example which is discussed in the video. To get the remaining three examples for this verse, and access to all other guitar lessons on how to play Talking About A Revolution, sign up here.

Talking About A Revolution – Guitar Lessons

In this first series of lessons in the course, we start by getting to terms with strumming the 4 open position chords that make up Talking About A Revolution.

We also practice the chromatic exercise before we learn how to play the song on one guitar. Finally, we develop a 2nd guitar part so we can play the song together.

Go to Talking About A Revolution – Guitar Lessons.

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.

Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.

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