Hey, everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you three alternative rock songs that only use two chords, so another lesson aimed at the beginners, easy songs to play, fun ones to play, and the best part is that you only need to know two chords. Well, it’s not the same two chords through all three songs, but each song only uses two chords. All right, so be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look at what we got going on here.
All right, so the first song we’re going to take a look at is What I Got by Sublime. The two chords that we’re going to use in this are D and G. For D, the fourth string is open, second fret of the third string with my first finger, third fret of the second string with my third finger, and second fret of the first string with my second finger, and strings five and six are not played.
Then, we have G. For G, we’re on the third fret of the second string with our second finger, second fret of the fifth string with the first finger, strings four and three are open, third fret of the second string with my third finger and third fret of the first string with my fourth finger. Now, alternatively, you can also play it with the second string open. Either way is fine, just whichever one you’re more comfortable with.
What makes it nice if you do have it where you’re fretting that third fret of the second string is that when you make this transition from D to G, you don’t need to remove that finger. You just put your fourth finger down and move your first and second finger down to the fifth and sixth string. Then back to D, same deal. You know, you just take your fourth finger off, move your first and second finger back up, and just leave that third finger right there the whole time.
All right, so there’s a couple of ways that you can play this. Now, one way they’re doing it is they do this where they’re picking the notes out separately, of the chords. We’re starting with D, and we’re going to go strings four three two three. So, that first one is a dotted eighth note, and then a 16th note, and then two eighth notes, so… Then, for G, we just pick six, and then three two three.
So if you were going to play this by yourself and sing it, that would be a good way to start it off, and then go into more of a strumming pattern. For the strumming pattern, it’s the same timing as that, but… So it’s like a dotted eighth note, then a 16th note, and then two eighth notes. (singing) Same thing on the G. It’s just one measure, you know. Half the measure is D and half the measure is G, either one of those playing, so you go… Now, you could change the strum on it altogether, to be like… You know, whatever’s more comfortable to you, whatever you think sounds good. It’s always good to kind of mix it up, change it around, especially when you’re playing it by yourself.
All right, next we’re going to look at Songbird by Oasis. This song technically, I guess, has three chords if you want to look at it that way, but one is just like a transition chord, and it’s not really a big change, so I’m really still considering it just to be a two-chord song, but I’ll show you what I mean here and just a minute.
The two chords that we’ve got for this are G, same G that we just did, and then E minor 7. To make this E minor 7, your third and fourth finger don’t need to move. You’re just going to switch… Your first finger will stay where it is too. You’re just going to move your third finger from the third fret of the sixth string to the second fret of the fourth string, just like that.
The strumming for this is… It’s all eighth notes, one-and two-and three-and four-and, but we’re going to accent where two and four is, so one-and two-and three-and four-and. So on that downbeat of two and four, we want to put a little bit of an accent on that strum, so it’s just down-up down-up down-up down-up down-up down-up. Now, obviously, you don’t want it to be quite that harsh of the accent. This is just for the example.
We have three measures of G, and then we have a fourth measure where we have one-and two-and, and then we’re going to make this, what I said was like the third chord transition. What it is, basically, is it’s G5/F#. What we’re going to do is we’re just going to take our second finger off and move our first finger from the fifth string to the sixth string, so now we’re getting that F# there. Fifth string is muted. It’s not played at all, so your first finger is just kind of laying down, just touching the string, so it’s muted.
So, for that fourth measure, one-and two-and three-and four-and, and then to the E minor 7 for two measures, one-and two-and three… And then the same thing back to the G, so that’s basically the entire song, so one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four… Just like that all the way through. Fairly simple. You just want to practice getting that accent down on beats three and four, just because otherwise, it’s just… It’s kind of boring if you play it that way, so it just kind of gives it more a little bit of a swing. Just like that.
All right, and then finally we’re going to look at Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction. This song, the two chords that it uses are G and A, so again, it’s that same G that we’ve been playing, and then we’re going to switch to an A. Now, you may have learned A like this, or like this. In this case, you just want to use your first finger, so fifth string is open, and I’m barring my first finger across the second fret of the fourth, third, and second strings.
All right, so this song is extremely repetitive. It’s just the same thing over and over and over again, except for one part where it just stays on G, so I’m going to show you two ways that we can do this. We start with the G. So you’ve got, it’s like a dotted eighth note, and then an eighth note, and then a 16th note. It’s like (singing). Then to the A, (singing). So, eighth note, dotted eighth note, 16th note, so like the same thing we did before, but just in a different order, so like…
Then, the way they play it, they’ve got this little fill here, so while your finger is still barred across, you’re going to go to the fourth fret of the third string with your third finger, pick, and then do a pull-off. Then, to the fourth fret of the fourth string with your third finger, and then back to the second fret of the third string, and then just back to the… Just like that. Now, if you’re really new to guitar, and you’re having trouble doing that little riff, you don’t have to necessarily do that. You can do the same strum, and then instead of doing… just do four-e-and-a, so… Either way, they both sound good, both can get you through the song.
The only other part of this is it’s like the… I guess you’d call it the chorus of the song, it just goes to the G, and you’ve got an eighth note and then two 16th notes, so… And then an eighth note, and then a 16th note, and then an eighth note, and then an eighth note, and then a 16th note, and then four 16th notes, so it’s kind of weird. It’s kind of more of you’ve got to kind of get the feel for it. And that’s the (singing)… Way too high for me to be able to sing that, but it’s basically just that. It just does that over and over and over again. Well, I shouldn’t say that. It does that whole measure, it does it a couple of times, then right back into…
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