Hey, how’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com, bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you how to play The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. Other than this little intro part that we’re going to go over, it’s a really simple song. It’s the same three chords over and over and over again, but it’s a fun song to play, and what’s kind of cool about it is that if you’re a beginner, it’s really easy to play, and it’s really easy to kind of adapt it to… You know, you do like an electric guitar style version of it. It really lends itself well to do like an acoustic version of this, too. So, be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look.
All right, so first let’s look at this intro. We start off, we’ve got D5 power chord, so we’re on the fifth fret of the fifth string with your first finger and the seventh fret of the fourth string with your third finger. This is all played as eighth notes and palm muting, so like one-and two-and three-and four-and. So, we’ve got a whole measure of that, one-and two-and three-and four-and, and then we… Going into the second measure, it’s one-and two, and then on the -and of two, we switch chords. We’re going to move our second finger, so now it’s on the fifth fret of the fifth string, and our first finger is on the fourth fret of the fourth string. So that’s -and three-and four-and, so…
Then, we’re going to move down, so our first finger’s on the second fret of the fourth string, and we play just that note, one-and, and then we’re going to take our third finger and go to the fourth fret of the fifth string, and play both strings together for two-and three-and four-and, and then going into the entire next measure, so one-and two-and three-and four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and. So so far… Then we have G5, so our first finger’s going to go to the third fret of the sixth string, and our third finger to the fifth fret of the fifth string. Whole measure of this, one-and two-and three-and four-and.
And then we’ve got G diminished, so simply, we’re going to take the note we’re playing here on the fifth fret of the fourth string and flatten it a half a step. So you can just actually, if you wanted to at the first, just put your second finger down, so that way, all’s you have to do is lift the one finger up. We do that for one-and two-and three-and four-and, so… And then back to D5 for two whole measures. That’s the whole intro. That’s the entire intro.
All right, so next, we’ve got the verse, and for the verse, we are going to be using that D5 chord that we already did, and we’re going to be using A5, so fifth string is open, second fret of the fourth string, third fret… Or excuse me, second fret of the third string too, so you just barre that. So it’s just like you’re doing an A major. Then G5, just like we did in the intro. For this verse, you’re on the D5. You’ve just got two measures, all eighth notes, A5, G5, back to D5. Then that just simply repeats. You just go… That’s the entire verse.
All right. Then that leads us into the chorus. Now, for the chorus, it’s still D, A, and G, but now we’re going to be playing the full on D major chord, so fourth string open, second fret of the third string with my first finger, third fret of the second string with my third finger, second fret of the first string with my second finger. Then the A the same way, except now you’re going to want to pick up that second string. Then G, third fret of the sixth string with my second finger, second fret of the fifth string with my first finger, strings four and three are open, third fret of the second and first strings with my third and fourth finger.
All right, so the timing on this part is a little tricky, I guess. We rest for one, so it’s one, two, three, so you play that D as a half note for beats two and three, and then you just do a quick down-up for four and the -and of four, so it’s one, two, three, four-and. Then in the next measure, that strum of D on the end of four is tied to the downbeat of one in the next measure. So, one, two, three, four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and. Then, we just play the fifth string open on the downbeat of one, one, two, three, four-and one-and two-and three, four-and. So it’s like the same thing. The only thing that’s different is instead of being a rest on the downbeat of one, you play just that root note of A.
Then, going onto the next measure, the same thing, but it’s with G, so now, the lowest note here, G, the third fret of the sixth string is one, one, two, three, four-and one-and two-and three-and four-and. Then back to D. So like that’s the whole chorus. So that very last D, one, two, three, four-and, and then that’s tied to a quarter note of one, so this one’s a little bit different. One, two, three, four-and one, two-and three-and four-and. You know, if you’re familiar with the song, that’ll make sense, like when you listen to it.
With the exception of the guitar solo, those are the parts of the song, you know? So it’s like verse, chorus, verse, chorus… Intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, verse, chorus. But like I said before, this is a song that you can play as like an acoustic version of it, and it sounds pretty cool. What you could do is instead of just playing the power chords, you could just play the verse like… Just with a… just like that. So, you know, play around with it, you know? Make it your own, you know? Experiment with the strumming on it and stuff, and have fun with it.
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