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nathan1709
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I find that i seem incapable of learning a whole song. I also find that if a tab looks too difficult i give up and it's driving me mad. I know that i should really focus my attention, but i have quite a low boredom threshold. I need to feel that i am making tangible progress. can anyone give me something that will provide me with a sense of progress.

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mattguitar
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Nathan

What do you want, strumming songs? Finger style? Give us a clue what you'ld like to play and it will help people make suggestions.

Happy Christmas

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nathan1709
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Sorry, it's early! I would like both really but strumming as i tend to lean more towards rhythm. I usually find it difficult to figure out strum patterns, so some help with that would be great. I'm pretty easy as to which genre the song comes from although i am a big fan of rock.

Cheers
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PappaJohn
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Have you looked at these:
https://www.guitarnoise.com/topics/easy-guitar-songs/

-- John

"Hip woman walking on a moving floor, tripping on the escalator.
There's a man in the line and she's blowin' his mind, thinking that he's already made her."

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Wes Inman
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nathan1709

How about Feel Like Makin' Love by Bad Company? That song has 3 chords D, G, and C.


Intro- D C G D (Play twice)

Vs. 1

D G
Baby, when I think about you
D G
I think about love.........
D G
Darlin', don't live without you
D G
And your love..........
D G
If I had those golden dreams
D G
Of my yesterdays.......
D G
I would wrap you in the heaven
D G
'till I'm dyin' on the way...

Chorus

G CD D CD D CD D
Feel like makin'
C G CD D CD D CD D
Feel like makin' love....
C G CD D CD D CD D
Feel like makin' love....
C G CD D CD D CD D
Feel like makin' love....
C G/B D
Feel like mak--in' love to you....

Vs 2

D G
Baby, if I think about you
D G
I think about love......
D G
Darlin' if I live without you
D G
I live without love.......
D G
And if I had t sun and moon
D G
And they were shin-------in'
D G
I would give you both night and day
D G
Love satisfi----------yn'

Repeat Chorus

Solo- Play exactly like first two lines of verse, then Vs 3

D G
And if I had those golden dreams
D G
Of my yesterdays........
D G
I would wrap you in the heaven
D G
'til I'm dyin'--- on the way

Repeat chorus over and over till out

On the G/B chord, hit the bass B note on the 5th string instead
of the G note for bass.

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Matthew
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I've got a gem for you and any other new player who wants to show off.

"Hasn't Hit Me Yet" By Blue Rodeo

You can pick this tune up quickly and it still sounds like you know what you're doing. I've used it many-a-times to woo my adoreing public. Girls Girls Girls.

The success of this song is mainly due to that WONDERFUL little...
D D Dsus2 D Dsus4 D Dsus2 D

Which can be found in so many songs. For example Patience by Guns N' Roses uses something very similar.

Then taking that little "riff" you can do something very similar with the A and the C here and there to fill out the song even more. For length purposes i'm going to call Dsus2 D2 and Dsus4 D4 as many do.

Well lets look at the song.

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/blue-rodeo/hasnt-hit-me-yet-7995.html
That's the link to the tab I use. But I have changed mine a little to suite me, it's up to you. I usually play this song with my Kapo ont he 2nd fret, but if you don't have a kapo it can work just fine without, if you've got the voice for it.

Lets look at that signature D riff

Strum: D D D U U U U U D U D
Chord: D D D2 D D4 D D2 D D open Em
e---2-2-0--2-3--2-0--2-2-0----0-------------
B---3-3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3-0----0-------------
G---2-2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-0----0-------------
D---0-0-0--0-0--0-0--0-0-x----2-------------
A---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x-x-x----2-------------
E---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x-x-x----0-------------

The timing for that would be...
D D DU U U U UDU
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&

Down on the Em would start the next bar. It's not nearly as complicated as it looks written down.
Just do a D, then remove your middle finger for D2, go back to the D, then add your pinky on 3rd fret for the D4. The OPEN chord is really just the bottom few strings of the Em you're going to play next. It's an easy transition to make to the Em that way.

Alright once you have that D riff down, allow me to call that D* for tabbing purposes. So when you see the * you know you can fit that little riff in there. The only thing you might want to consider is it's not very interesting to play it all the time. I tend to use it at the end of the chorus only, and during the instramental if I'm feeling on a roll and people are digging it and I want to play longer (otherwise I'll skip the Instramental/solo part). But in the other places where it can be played it's fun to put in variations of this riff for example skip the d2 part and just play the d4. Or skip D4 and play one or both the D2s. Or mix it up completly, it'll work. But you can work on that after you get the song down.

Alright. I said we can do the same type of thing with the A and the C, and here they are.

Strum: D D D U U U U U D U
Chord: A A A2 A A4 A A2 A2 A2 A2
e---0-0-0--0-0--0-0--0--0--0-------------
B---2-2-0--2-3--2-0--2--2--2-------------
G---2-2-2--2-2--2-2--2--2--2-------------
D---2-2-2--2-2--2-2--2--2--2-------------
A---0-0-0--0-0--0-0--0--0--0-------------
E---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x--x--x-------------

The timing for that would be the same...
D D DU U U U UDU
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&

This A version tends to come up twice in a row at the end of the verse right before you break into the chrous. Lets call this A*.

Lastly, is the C version, I play slightly different from the D & A versions. I don't actually know what the altered C chords are called, but i'll call them C2 and C4 just to be consistant. I'm sure someone can correct me.

Strum: D D D U U U U U D U
Chord: C C C C C4 C C2 C C C
e---0-0-0-0-0--0-0--0-0-0-------------
B---1-1-1-1-3--1-0--1-1-1-------------
G---0-0-0-0-0--0-0--0-0-0-------------
D---2-2-2-2-2--2-2--2-2-2-------------
A---3-3-3-3-3--3-3--3-3-3-------------
E---x-x-x-x-x--x-x--x-x-x-------------

The timing for that would be the same...
D D DU U U U UDU
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&

We'll call this C*, and you can throw that C2 I removed from the pattern in there if you want, I just find it adds a little more dynamic without it. Up to you.

Alright, lets play the song already!

OH yeah, the strum pattern for the rest of the song is something like...

Verse:
1&2&3&4&
D DU UDU

Chorus: 2<------ Throw in an Asus2 here... pretty...
Em G| |D A AA
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&
D D DUDU| UDU UDU|D DU UDU|D D DUDU Simply Repeat for each line of chorus

Outtro: (Same as verse)
1&2&3&4&
D DU UDU

I very loosly base my strumming AROUND that. You can really have some fun with the strumming in this song though. Here's my custom tab.

Intro Strumming:
D*[see above] Em C
D D DUDU| UDU UDU
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4& x2 (Twice)

G D [Can do D* or other fill]
You say that you're leaving
Em C* [You can hit the Em like this for strength [D D DUDU] ]
well that comes as no surprise
G D [Can do D* or other fill]
Still I kinda like this feeling
Em C G A* A*
Of being left be-hi - i - ind

G D [Can do D* or other fill]
This ain't nothin new to me
Em C*
Well it's just like going home
G D [Can do D* or other fill]
It's kinda like those sunsets
Em
That leave you feeling
C G A* A*
So sto - o - oned

Em G D A
Hey, hey I guess it hasn't hit me yet
Em G D A
I fell through this crack and I kinda lost my head
Em G D A
I stand transfixed before this street light
Em G
Watching the snow fall on this
D A
Co - old December
D* Em C [Same as intro]
Night

D* Em C
G D
I never thought this could happen
Em C*
But somehow the feeling's gone
G D
You got sick of the patterns
Em C G A* A*
And I got lost in this so - o - ong

Em G D A
Hey, hey I guess it hasn't hit me yet
Em G D A
I fell through this crack and I kinda lost my head
Em G D A
I stand transfixed before this street light
Em G
Watching the snow fall on this
D A
Co - old December
D* Em C [Same as intro]
Night

Instramental/Solo (optional)
G D* Em C*
G D* Em C G
A* A*

Em G D A
Hey, hey I guess it hasn't hit me yet
Em G D A
I fell through this crack and I kinda lost my head
Em G D A
I stand transfixed before this street light
Em G
Watching the snow fall on this
D A
Cold December night
Em G
And out in the middle of
D A* A*
Lake Onta - ri - o

Em G
The same snow is falling
Em G
On the deep silent water
Em G
The great dark wonder
Em D A*
Into the waves of my heart
Em D A*
Into the waves of my heart
D* Em C [Same as Intro]
Of my heart
D* Em C G D [Just hit the C G and D once each as your outtro]

And that's the song at in it's basic-ness. But as I said you really should try playing witht he strum patterns all over the place, and throwing in sus2s and sus4s almost anywhere.

Also, when I'm feeling really up beet i'll double up the strums on those frills, sounds more up-beet that way. Also I have two secret weapon D fills I'll share with you. I use them only once in the song for a tease.

Secret Weapon 1: The frill fill

Strum: D D D U U U U U D U D
Chord: D D D2 D D4 D D2 D2 D 0pen Em
e---2-2-0--2-3--2-0--0h2p0-2-0----0------ Thats: hammer on 2 pick off to 0
B---3-3-3--3-3--3-3--3-----3-0----0------
G---2-2-2--2-2--2-2--2-----2-0----0------
D---0-0-0--0-0--0-0--0-----0-x----2------
A---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x-----x-x----2------
E---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x-----x-x----0------

The timing for that would be...
D D DU U U U FDU F is the hammer on pick off
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&

Secret Weapon 2: The Streatch fill

Strum: D D D U U U U U D U D
Chord: D D D2 D D4 D D? D? D? open Em D? not sure what it's called Dsus5?
e---2-2-0--2-3--2-5--5--5--0----0-------
B---3-3-3--3-3--3-3--3--3--0----0-------
G---2-2-2--2-2--2-2--2--2--0----0-------
D---0-0-0--0-0--0-0--0--0--x----2-------
A---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x--x--x----2-------
E---x-x-x--x-x--x-x--x--x--x----0-------

The timing for that would be the same as the original, sounds great when used right.
D D DU U U U UDU
1&2&3&4&|1&2&3&4&

Yes, I play for easily amused people ;)
And sorry if you don't get it, I whipped this up pretty fast, believe it or not. If you have any questions I'd be happy to help. If I had my recording stuff here I'd have made some examples.
Enjoy!

"Now people put you down for the way that you lived
But those people never knew you the way that I did
Don't be ashamed of who you were of how you died
I know you just wanted to find the brighter side..." - OPM

- Matthew


   
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nathan1709
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Thanks for taking the time to do that! I appreciate it :D

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J Rock
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Matthew,

I don't know how accurate that tab is yet but it is probably the most in depth tab I've seen on here. Well done.

I can look back with a smile, knowing that my ambition far exceeded my talent.


   
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Matthew
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Thanks,

Well I'm fairly new myself, so I also don't know how accurate it is. But I'm defiantly familiar with the troubles of trying to learn a whole song, especially when all you've got is words and chord names. I just wanted to try and make sure it was easily learnable. I think it might just look intimidating now though.

I also wonder about my strum patterns. I often find it difficult to translate what I'm doing into a written out form. Hope they are ok.

"Now people put you down for the way that you lived
But those people never knew you the way that I did
Don't be ashamed of who you were of how you died
I know you just wanted to find the brighter side..." - OPM

- Matthew


   
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