You can learn how to play Whistle For The Choir by The Fratellis!

Whistle for the Choir is a song from the 2006 album Costello Music by British indie/rock band The Fratellis.

I recorded this one guitar version of the song in the keys of E and A. You’ll learn both versions when you take the course.

As the instrumental section has the same progression as the verse/chorus, but in a new key, after you played the song in two keys, you will actually have played it in four keys.

This makes it a great opportunity to not just learn this song, but also learn from it and actually get better at playing and understanding the guitar fret board.


In the key of E, we get these progressions.


| E | E | G#m | G#m Gm | F#m | F#m | B | B7 |


| D | D | F#m | F#m Fm | Em | Em | A | B7 |

In the key of A, the chords are as follows.


| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm | Bm | Bm | E | E7 |


| G | G | Bm | Bm Bbm | Am | Am | D | E7 |

Keys and strumming patterns

When changing key we can’t just simply change the chords and play the same parts.

All chords will lend themselves to playing the song in different ways, especially when it’s a one guitar arrangement.

For example, if chord I is an E chord, switching the bass between the root and 5th, the 5th will be higher than the root. When in the key of A, the 5th will instead be placed below the root.

By changing key like this, you’ll discover more about a song, its chord progression, and what can be done with it.

In both versions, the strumming technique of first playing the bass note, then the remaining chord shape is applied.

This is a standard, one guitar arrangement technique as you need to incorporate both bass line and chords when playing just one instrument.

CAGED Fretting Exercises

When you initially look at the CAGED system and see the full shape, you will be struck down, the shapes are just too big!

When changing key for Whistle For The Choir, and trying out every possible area, it’s a good idea to really get to know what’s possible with each shape.

Do this and you will start to see the possibilities and strengths with the system, not the flaws. This mindset is key to move forward in a positive way.

To get you on the right track, in the course, we spend four steps playing CAGED fretting exercises.

This may seem like a lot of work, but the funny thing is, once you’ve done these, in a way, you already know all possibilities for how you could fret the chords when playing Whistle For The Choir, not to mention all other songs!

Whistle For The Choir – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Whistle For The Choir by The Fratellis!

Step 1 (CAGED fretting exercises, C & A shapes)Step 2 (CAGED fretting exercises, G & E shapes)Step 3 (CAGED fretting exercises, D shapes)Step 4 (The I III II V in the key of C)Step 5 (Key of A)Step 6 (Key of G & Complete song)Step 7 (Key of E)Step 8 (Key of D & Complete song).

Whistle For The Choir – Lyrics

Well, it’s a big, big city and it’s always the same.
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name,
is it out, of line,
if I were simply bold to say would you be mine?

Go to Whistle For The Choir – Lyrics.

The Fratellis – Biography

The Fratellis shot to fame during late 2006, and mainly 2007 when they had three successful singles from their debut album Costello Music.

Since their debut, The Fratellis have continued to gather new fans around the UK with their blues-influenced pop songs.

Go to The Fratellis – Biography.

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