Day #5 ~ Friday 31st August 2012

Complete Acoustic Guitarist ~ Class of 2012

L-R: Ashok, Antony, Jeff, Floor, Richard (tutor), Glen and Jan

Performance videos:

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Substitute – The Who

St. James Infirmary

One – U2

That’s Entertainment – The Jam

Sit Down – James

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Day #2 ~ Tuesday 28th August 2012

Once everyone had run through their physical and technical exercises in the early morning sunshine the group reconvened in front of the black board at the music room for a session on diatonic triads (R, 3, 5). These three note chords form the basis of the intro to The Who track ‘Substitute’.

Download the full Diatonic Triads in D Major worksheet

After the morning coffee break the class honed their skills on the track ‘Substitute’; working on the intro, verse, pre-chorus and chorus sections and learning the song structure before lunch.

The afternoon session began with our first foray into the finger picking style. The group had chosen Jeff Buckley’s cover of the Leonard Cohen classic ‘Hallelujah’ as our focus piece.

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

The song is played in 6/8 time and in the key of C Major. Jeff’s cover version uses a capo on the fifth fret, but you can also play it with open chords without the capo, as follows.

Open chord version:

Intro/Verse  || : C | Am : ||
Pre-Chorus || F | F G | C | G | C | F G | Am | F | G | G#dim | Am | Am ||
Chorus        || F | F | Am | Am | F | F | C | G ||

Capo 5th fret version:

Intro/Verse  || : G | Em : ||
Pre-Chorus || C | C D | G | D | G | C D | Em | C | D | D#dim | Em | Em ||
Chorus        || C | C | Em | Em | C | C | G | D ||

Above: The class work studiously on Day #2!