In this post, we’ll go through a Your Betrayal guitar lesson and guitar cover by Bullet For My Valentine. This song is a great starting point for someone who is an intermediate player, and wants to push into heavier music. The guitar riffs are fast, and sometimes a bit complicated, but they are straight-forward enough to grasp mentally so that you can focus on the technique, tone, rhythm, and ultimately a guitar cover performance.
A few tips:
Listen carefully to your articulation, tone, and rests. This song is TIGHT rhythmically. This means that your articulations (picking, palm muting, hammer ons and pull offs, slides, etc) – the manner in which you play the notes – needs to be very precise and clean, yet at the same time aggressive and intentional. The pal muted notes and accented chords should have a stark contrast between them without any blurred lines. Listen to the tone of your guitar, especially during palm muting, and really dial in your sound. Rests should be tight, rhythmic cut-offs that leave the listener hanging.
Pull-offs in the main lead – part C – should be pulled DOWN towards the fretboard and adjacent string for a quality open-string tone. Sometimes, the pull-offs in section C are not executed in the right angle, and the guitarist loses the effect of the pull off. Basically, you hear the fretted notes but not the pull offs. Be sure your tip joints are CURVED and “bite” at the string. If your tip joints are flat, you will lose leverage and the pull off will be weak and the open string will be essentially unheard.
Diligently practice section I (as in, “Irene”), as it is a great example of varying articulations and rests to create interest and contrast on a single power chord.
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In this lesson, I show you how to play Since U Been Gone on guitar, a pop-rock hit by Kelly Clarkson. This is a classic pop-rock song, with a surprisingly heavy guitar riff. Some of the chords in the riff are reminiscent of the legendary intro in the Master of Puppets opening track, “Battery.” Yes, that’s right. I just compared a Kelly Clarkson song to an old-school Metallica song.
Here are a few tips to help you learn this song:
Practice counting eighth notes – “One and Two and Three and Four and” – in the verse riff (section B of the tabs). When there are a lot of repeated notes, it is even more important that you count, as you’re going to want to know when the chords change. For example, the verse riff in Since U Been Gone has 12 G chords, then 3 Am, then 12 E5 etc. Rather than counting these high numbers, it is best to know on which count does the chord change. So, the first chord changes on beat 3, then the next on “4 and.” So, all you need to do is count eighth notes and change chords on the correct count. This is a much easier and effective approach than a kind of random counting of sheer number of chords.
Use rest strokes with the pick to avoid hitting too many strings. A rest stroke is when the pick cuts and lands into an adjacent string. For example, pick the low E string and land the pick on the A string, and it “rests” on the A string, which stops the pick in place. Your articulation and tone will be much better this way, and the overall sound will be cleaner.
Try the stretched fingerings, and only do the optional ones if you become too sore. Go for the challenge – the advanced version with the stretched-out chords in the chorus. You got this! Lower that thumb on the neck, reach back with that index finger and open up the hand. Go for it!
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The Holidays are approaching! Here’s how to play Happy Xmas on guitar by John Lennon! Easy guitar chords!
I really like this song because it hits a few great guitar topics, while at the same is a holiday song that is relevant to the season. John Lennon makes great use of suspensions (sus2 and sus4 chords), which gets more mileage out of a chord progression with minimal chords. For example, he can make an A chord interesting for a long period of time by not just strumming the A chord over and over – he varies the sound by using suspensions in an interesting way.
What is a suspension? All chords are make up of 3 notes – 1-3-5 (Root-3rd-5th). A suspension is when the 3rd of the chord is replaced by the 2nd (sus2) or the 4th (sus4), so the chord tones would be 1-2-5 or 1-4-5 respectively. So, a suspended chord is neither Major nor minor, since it doesn’t have a 3rd to qualify it as Major or minor.
In contrast, an add2 or add4 chord is when all 3 notes are represented in the chord (1-3-5) and a 2nd or 4th is added within or on top of the chord. So, an add2 chord would be 1-2-3-5, and an add4 chord would be 1-3-4-5. Each of those offer some colorful dissonance to the sound to spice things up a bit.
Here are some tips:
Count out the rhythm to learn the strumming pattern.Use rhythm counting to help you internalize the strumming pattern. Once you have the groove down, you won’t need to count it out anymore – just think of it like a learning device.
Try the additional, stretched-out chords in the extra staffs provided on the tabs. It’s good to challenge yourself – take the extra time to learn the chords that stretch. You’ll add a few new ones to your chord library!
Have fun. Use your guitar skills to entertain your family and friends at parties this year. Who knows, maybe everyone will start singing along with you!
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Nate and Alexis Corcoran play Adele Hello cover. It’s all about Adele this week!
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