Shades of Classical - Part 3
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|Lesson Title||Shades of Classical - Part 3 - Based on Clapton's "Tears in Heaven"|
|Music Style||Classical / Folk style rock|
|Primary mode||Ionian (Major) A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#|
|Guitar tuning||Standard E, A, D, G, B, E|
|Strings used||D'Addario 85/15 Great American Bronze - .011 Light Gauge|
|The song track||The Jam along track||The Video Guitar Lesson|
Tabs & Lesson
Original score by: Jeff Fiorentino
Transcription by: Jeff Fiorentino
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This Lesson's difficulty level 1-10 scale
Up until now with these Shades of Classical lessons we've been dealing with minor key Classical sounding things for the most part. Even though shades part 2 was in the key of "D" it still had kind of a minor sort of feel and flow to ithttp://jfrocks4.com. This was because of the tension caused by the flat 2nd that we added in portionshttp://jfrocks4.com Again this stuff is all subjective, but I look at that Flat 2nd as adding a sort of Phrygian feel to the whole thing, and making it more minor in feel than it is Majorhttp://jfrocks4.com To each his own, others may come to different conclusionshttp://jfrocks4.com.
This time around I thought I would give you an example to mess with that's a Major key classical sounding thinghttp://jfrocks4.com Or something that I would classify as what I expect a Major key piece to sound likehttp://jfrocks4.com. This piece is a blend of Major, with the Mixolydian minor 7th, and the minor 6th thrown in for a very minor feeling bridge / transition sectionhttp://jfrocks4.com.
This lesson is based on Clapton's "Tears in Heaven"http://jfrocks4.com This is an acoustic piece that most of my personal friends that learn how to play guitar and start on acoustic want to learn. It's a nice sounding thing. I've altered it slightly here for copyright reasons, but I don't think Mr. Clapton would mind me using it much anywayhttp://jfrocks4.com He seems like a pretty decent guyhttp://jfrocks4.com. Just the same I've changed up a few things but in doing so I've made it a better lessonhttp://jfrocks4.com. And lessons are what we do here at JFR anywayhttp://jfrocks4.com.
Please read all of my notes, and be sure to use your fingers to play the lesson example piece. This should NOT be done with a pickhttp://jfrocks4.com.
The main scale that's in play
A Ionian (Major) = A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#
I wrote the scale out above, because it's a good idea when you want to embellish on a piece, to figure out the scale that makes it up, and run through that scale as a scale. This will give you a snapshot of the mood of the piece, and is often helpful in forming new ideas or direction to take the chord pattern inhttp://jfrocks4.com
Main Chords in use
The chords being used in this lesson are jazz style chords, however Jazz chords are often used in Classical and vise versa, the thing that makes them sound either classical or jazz is how they are attacked. In Jazz these chords would probably be strummed in a set patternhttp://jfrocks4.com In Classical the chords are split up into "Classical tones" as I like to call them for easy reference for the lessonshttp://jfrocks4.com See Shades of Classical lesson #1 for a better understanding of what I meanhttp://jfrocks4.com.
Also what's going on here is the chords have different notes in the bass, or as the lowest note. What this does is allow the guitar to be both Bass and Guitarhttp://jfrocks4.com It makes things sound more interestinghttp://jfrocks4.com We've talked before about this on other lessonshttp://jfrocks4.com. You all know about D/F# and chords like that alreadyhttp://jfrocks4.com However, to use them and make songs out of chords like this you need to understand what notes flow well together as a melodyhttp://jfrocks4.com
In other words, you almost need to write the bass notes before you attempt to fill in the chordshttp://jfrocks4.com Sort of like running through the song with the scale first, then fill in the blanks with chordshttp://jfrocks4.com I'm not saying that's how Clapton wrote this type of thing, but I am saying it's how I wouldhttp://jfrocks4.com And I'm suggesting that you try to tweak this pattern a bit and come up with your own ideashttp://jfrocks4.com.
I'll go into this and much more on the video lesson, for now, use this as ideas for more classical tones that you can put together to astound your friends and family with your acoustic guitar prowesshttp://jfrocks4.com.
A A sus4 E/G# F#m A/E D/F# E7 sus4 E E7 C#/F A7 F#7 F#/A# Bm7
Lesson example song piece
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is our own arrangement of this example track. This is NOT technically how Tears in Heaven is playedhttp://jfrocks4.com. Some sections have been altered for lesson purposeshttp://jfrocks4.com However, if you can play thishttp://jfrocks4.com Then there's no reason you won't be able to handle the actual "Tears in Heaven" songhttp://jfrocks4.comhttp://jfrocks4.com
|Performed by:||Jeff Fiorentino|
|Engineered by:||Mick the Mixer|
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Setup & Settings used on the Lesson Example Track
|Primary Guitar||Primary Amp||Effect #1||Effect #2|
Crate GFX 212
from Guitar to Amp
*Remember Effect suggestions are my suggestions for the home player. Usually suggestions are geared for a low budget. I purposely use effects and equipment that I know everyone can afford, and get their hands on in an effort to prove that you can get a great sound without mortgaging your house.
Acoustic guitar, with your fingershttp://jfrocks4.com.see video for performance helphttp://jfrocks4.com I also altered the phrasing a bit in places to put our own spin on it, which is pretty much what we do here at JFRocks anywayhttp://jfrocks4.com. Enjoyhttp://jfrocks4.comhttp://jfrocks4.com
**Transcription below is a general guideline to followhttp://jfrocks4.com What I played on the video and on the mp3 are slight variations on what's tabbed belowhttp://jfrocks4.comhttp://jfrocks4.com **
A E/G# E/B F#7
A/E E7sus4 D/F# E7sus4 E7
Version 2 - slightly altered version of the same riffinghttp://jfrocks4.com
A E/G# E/B F#7
A change these last two lines of tab up quite often on the video lesson.. This is mostly because Mick the Mixer and I were making up the arrangement as we went along, however what's tabbed below is how it's done on the opening video jam, and mp3 track for this lessonhttp://jfrocks4.com.
A/E E7sus4 D/F# A/E
E A/E E7
Version 3 - This would be sort of a chorus
F#7 A/E C#/F
A7/E F#7 E/G#
F#/A# Bm7 E7sus4
E________________________0________0__________0-2-3-4_>and repeat from beginning_
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