This driving track from his 2018 album Staying At Tamara's is a great track for practising your powerchords and barre chord, especially your E and A CAGED chord shapes. It's such a fun track and you'll love playing along with it.
To start with, we are in the key of B major and we are mainly using a B major, E major and F# major. We are also using the occasional powerchord versions of the chords as well. Generally, in the verse, we are just using powerchord versions to get the driving groove, but as the song develops we are using full barre chord shapes. Here are the chord shapes.
We want a driving rhythm, which means we will be doing all down strokes, as shown below. The rhythm looks as shown below.
For the delayed lick that you can here in the prechorus we are using the B major scale shape 1. It's important to relate the notes you are playing to a scale, so here is the shape you are using.
As we go through the video and the song, a few other chords are introduced, which we have written out below. These come in towards the end of the song, so look out for them in the video lesson with Thomas!
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This beautiful little ballad is a great opportunity for us to practice our open chord changes alongside a really cool rhythm groove with the right hand. It will also open up a bit more of a fingerstyle type of playing, if you want to go down that route.