Hey everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com, bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you a couple of cool classic rock iconic intro song intros. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look at these.
All right. The first one we got is House of the Rising Sun. This uses C. Looks like five different chords. We start off first, let’s just go over the chords. We’ve got A minor. So the fifth string is open, second fret of the fourth string with my second finger, second fret of the third string with my third finger, first fret of the second string with my first finger, and first string open.
Then we have C. And simply just move your third finger from the second fret of the fourth string to the third fret of the fifth string.
Then we have D. Fourth string is open, second fret of the third string with my first finger, second fret of the first string with my second finger, and third fret of the second string with my third finger.
Then we have F. I’m going to take my first finger and I’m going to bar it across the first fret of the first and second string, then the second finger’s on the second fret of the third string, third finger is on the third fret of the fourth string.
And then the last chord we have is E7. The sixth string is open, I’m on the second fret of the fifth string with my second finger, the fourth string is open, I’m on the first fret of the third string with my first finger, and the second and first strings are open.
All right. Probably the most difficult part of this particular thing is the timing. It is in three-quarter timing. You’re just going to one, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. And it’s one chord per measure.
We start with A minor and we’re just going to be arpeggioing this, just playing the strings separately. The fifth string is an eighth note, and then the fourth and third are two 16th notes. And then the rest of them are eighth notes. It’s got this kind of a swing feel to it. So, you got …
When you strum the fourth and third string, when you pick those two strings, two 16th notes equals an eighth note so they’re played twice as fast as the rest of them. That’s what gives it that, the swing to it. And this is the part that a lot of people have problems with.
Then we switch to a C, and do basically the same thing. To a D. Now this one is a little bit different. Fourth string is an eighth note and the third string is a 16th note, and the second string is also a 16th note. But it’s tied to an eighth note, so it rings out a little bit longer. Then you follow that with the first, second, and third strings, which are eighth notes.
Then to an F. The same idea. We’re eighth note, two 16th notes, tied to an eighth note. Eighth note, eighth note, eighth note.
Now, on this part here, the way they’re actually doing it, they’re … and then when they come back up for beat three, you hit strings two and three together, and then on the end of three you play the third string open, so just remove your second finger. But it sounds just as good to me, I think it’d be just as good if you don’t add that in there.
If you’re a beginner and you have a lot of difficulty doing that, you could just bypass that and it still sounds good. It still sounds like the song.
Then after the F, we’re back to an A minor again. Just like the first measure, it’s the same thing.
And then we switch to E7. This is an easy transition. You just move your first finger from the second to the third string, your second finger from the fourth to the fifth string, and remove your third finger. And the timing on this is exactly the same as it is with E, but now instead of starting on the fifth string, we start on six. So it’s six, five, four, three, one, two, three.
A minor, E7, back to A minor, back to E7, and then it would just basically start over again. That’s the intro, but the verse is fairly similar to that.
All right. Next, we’re going to look at Sweet Home Alabama, the intro for this. This song is, I mean, it’s been played to death. If I never had to play it again live it would be too soon. Just played it so many times over the years. But it’s a great song, especially if you’re a beginner, because there’s lots and lots of really cool bluesy licks in there and stuff that you can do. And it’s actually really, really simple to play. It’s just three chords.
We’ve got D, just like we did on the previous one, and then we have Cadd9. If you just leave your third finger where it is, move your second finger to the fourth string second fret, and your second finger to the fifth string second fret, that’s Cadd9. Technically, you should put your fourth finger down on to the third fret of the first string. But it doesn’t really matter in this case, because you’re not playing that string anyway.
And then, from there, we go to a G. Alls you have to do is move your first and second finger from the fourth and fifth string to the fifth and sixth string.
So, we start off, we play the fourth string open twice, and then we play the second and third string, and then the fourth string again. Whoops.
Then we’re going to make that transition to Cadd9, and we’re going to play the fifth string, and then we’re going to release our second finger, play the string open, and then back to the third string, follow that with strings two, three, and four. So … Just like that.
Now, we switch to G and we do the same thing, but now we’re doing it on the sixth string. Third fret, open, third Fret, and then the fourth and third string just open. So far … Then, this is where we get this cool little just bluesy rock riff, and the whole time you can just leave your third finger right here on the second string third fret, so it makes it easier just to transition back into it.
So, we’ve got open fifth string, and then we do a hammer-on to the second fret, and then we do the same thing on the fourth string, but also a pull-off, and then we end that on the third fret of the fifth string.
And then, with your first finger, you go to the second fret of the third string, and a pull off. This song is in 4/4 timing. This is the second major, so you’ve switched to G and you’ve got the … It’s one and two, and then one E and one E and that … Excuse me, three E and a four E and … It’s all ran together like that as 16th notes.
Now, if you’re fairly new and you haven’t worked on hammer-ons and pull offs and stuff. They can be challenging at first, so don’t worry about trying to play that fast, even if you’re just … Then, after that, you go back to do the same thing again. Starting on D … Whoops.
This time, for beats three and four, we’ve got this different little lick here, so this time you will remove your third finger from the second string.
We’re on the second fret of the third string with your first finger, and you’re going to pick, pull, and then pick that string again. Pick, pull, pick, move up to the fourth fret, pick, pull, and then hit the fourth string open, and then to the fifth fret of the third string with your first finger, and you bend it a full step. In this case, you can just pull. It’s much easier than pushing … a whole step. You have … And that’s it.
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