What’s happening everybody? Sean Daniel here with Guitar Control. Today we’re learning a new classic, “Señorita”, by Shawn Mendes with special guest, Camila Cabello, I believe is how her name is pronounced. Really cool song, super easy, it can introduce you to maybe like a new type of rhythm pattern. And, we’re just going to do kind of an easy version of it, and make sure you click the link below because it’s going to have the chords and basically the whole song is going to sound like this.
So this sounds like 90% the way that they actually do, but we’re doing it with really easy open chords. We’re going to talk about ways that you can get it to more sound exactly like the real version. But let’s just run through the chords real quick. It’s going to be A minor.
Open A, two middle finger two on the D string, ring finger two on the G string, pointer` finger one on the E string.
We’re going to go from there to a C major seven. So you don’t even need that pointer finger. Now if you saw me play it the first time I actually to play it like this, with my ring finger, on the low E string, my pinky A string, same fret, third fret, and then my middle finger, second fret, on the D string, leaving that B open, which kind of gives it a little bit more character, right.
After that. The reason I’m doing this is twofold. The easiest way to think of this is just move this down a shape, and then put your pointer finger there, and now it’s an F major chord. So this is a much easier way to play an F major chord, then maybe like an F bar that you’ll see. Again, we’ll talk about the bar chord too, but I just want to do this easy F major chord where it’s ring finger, third fret of the A string, pinky third fret of the D string, middle finger, second fret, the G string, pointer finger, first fret on the B string. We’re going to run that into an E minor.
Now, everything’s open except for your middle finger two on the A string, ring finger, two on the D string. And then we’re going to run that into a G major chord.
Now, middle finger, third fret on E string, pointer finger, second fret and the A string. And the way I’m playing masses, my ring finger is going to be the third fret on the B string. Okay, so again, we’ve got A, minor, C major seven, F major seven if you want to look at it that way. E minor and G. Okay, so now all we have to do to make it sound more like the song is to add a rhythm to it, all right? The rhythm is going to be this.
Okay, so it’s a Latin rhythm. This is going to be a very basic way to do it that we can expand upon. If this is a style that you’re interested in. But the way I’m playing it is my thumb is hitting the root note of the chord, which is an A, and an A minor chord, right? And then at my fingers here are grabbing the next strings, okay? So when I say that my pointer finger has got the D string, my middle fingers got the G string, in my picking hand, right hand has the B string, the ring finger. So it’s going to be thumb and the cord. When I say the cord is just the three fingers and you use it, you could easily do this with a pic just by getting the root note [inaudible 00:03:18]. So the way it would sound with a pick.
[inaudible] and then you get to add some embellishments, which we’ll get to in a second, but I want to go through that rhythm, the easy rhythm, a finger style. Again, everything just works for the peg, but we’re going to do with finger style throughout all five chords.
All right, so we have a root chord, root, root, chord. That’s going to be the way that we’re going to perceive the rhythm throughout the entire song. Thumb, fingers, thumb, thumb, fingers. One, and three and four and one, and two, and three and four and.
I’m also adding a percussive hit, which you can do if you want. You don’t have to but, it kind of gets a little bit more of the rhythm into it. Again, without that hit, when all I’m doing is I’m taking my picking hand and just kind of getting my nails on the string just to come straight down and get a percussive hit, right? So without it, one and two, and three, and four, and one, and two, and three, and four, and, or. I think it adds a little bit, right?
Again, you can start out without it and then add it later if you want to. But I think getting some kind of percussive-ness going with your picking hand is something that you’re going to want to look into.
All right, so we have the A minor, root, chord, root, root chord, hit, root, chord, root, root, chord, hit, to see.
Now remember, leave that point, your finger off. Everything is the exact same. Strings are the same, rhythm is the same. I just changed the shape going out in my fretting hand. After that, we’re just going to move that down a string, which pointed from your back on there.
Same rhythm, same strings, E minor to G. So when you go to the E minor to G part, you’ll notice that we actually, each chord gets half the amount of time. Whenever we were counting through the first A minor, it’s like one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four.
So we kind of have a two part thing there. To the C, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two. Same amount of time in the AF. Again in the AF. The last few chords split? E. Then to G. Then back to A. As all you have to do this on, you knew the whole song just like this. Trust me, I have.
Now the one thing I want to talk about is when you get that E minor to G part. The thumb and you’re picking hand, if it’s your right hand or if your left, your left hand. We’re going to go down to the low E string but your fingers are going to stay in the same spot.
So now I’m getting that E string. Fingers don’t move. And then for the G chord, same thing. The low E string. Back to A. So really you’re picking hand shouldn’t be changing much at all. It’s only when you get to those last few chords, does your root note end up happening on the low E string.
Which is kind of an important part in this style because eventually you can alternate between the root note and then maybe like the fifth of the chord. What that means as if we do the A minor, right? We were doing like this, A, chord, A, A, chord, hit. A, chord, A, A, chord, hit.
We can alternate between the open A and the open E string. Now it just works out that in finger style guitar, alternating between the root of a chord and the fifth of a chord is a very common thing to do. The fifth, all that means if you go through the alphabet, we have A, B, C, D, E, E is five notes away and the A scale, so you can alternate between the E and the A.
That’s why I was great with these open chords because you don’t really have to think about it. You just move a string. That’s why on of the reason that a guitar is set up this way. A chord, A, A chord, A chord, A, A chord, or if we alternate, A, chord, E, E, chord, root, fifth.
So there’s a difference. You get a little bit more movement if you go back and forth like that. You even go a fifth above. All I did there is I moved my pointer, middle, and ring finger, a string higher. So now they’ve got the G, B, and E string. And now your thumb can actually move between the E, A and D string. Doing this get some different sound because you’re getting a higher note on top. Instead of. So now I have A.
So that’s a little more complicated, but it really sounds good. I’ll show you between a root note, it’s fifth, and root note and it’s fifth below. Also a really great way if you’re just starting out doing some kind of finger style stuff. To jumping around and navigating the space between the strings and getting a feel for your thumb moving through the string style without having to look at it the whole time, right? So you can do that on any chord.
On the C. I’m going to expect that’s C major seven. Again, the big full one with your ring finger on the low E string, third fret, do the exact same thing.
Now the one thing you’ll notice that I’m accentuating more there and I almost kind of naturally do it every time I played the song. As you have that root, chord, root, root, chord, hit.
On the end of the last note, I’m actually getting the chord again, a little bit softer than root, chord, root, root, chord, hit, chord. Root, chord, root, root, chord, hit, chord.
There’s a little bit of a flavor that kind of has had it having another instance of the chord near the end of the bar or the end of the pattern, all right? So for this, you do the exact same thing where you’re getting the A, D, A string, E. When I say A, D, I mean the string and not the actual note. It’s really a C, to an E, to a C, to a G, but I think it’s easier to keep along if I just call up the name of the string because the shape is already kind of firmly planted on there.
We can do the same thing with the F chord. That is going back to the A and D string. Or if you’re a true warrior, you can get that bar chord going to G. So again, the whole thing, doing it in a couple of different ways. A minor, to a C major seven, do an F, to an E minor, to a G.
So now let’s talk real quick about just different ways that you can do to accentuate the melody into the chord, all right? Now the great thing about knowing what notes go in a certain key or scale. This is all in the key of A minor or C major depending on how you look at it. Basically all the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B there’s no sharps or flats in the song.
Right there. That’s kind of like a big part of the melody. Just getting [inaudible 00:11:31] on the first fret of the B string open, and the second fret of the G string. Right there. It’s just the B string, on and off to G, B, C there. So, in whatever order.
So it’s kind of a way that you can start incorporating some of these lead things into chords while still really just keeping it very easy progression that goes in a lot of different places. Very cool song. Even for a pop song that I definitely recommend everybody learn because it introduces you to some cool new Latin vibes, rhythms. But it’s also really easy chords that you probably already know that you can use it in different context. Get your finger-picking game up to par, and then start adding melody knows on top of everything.
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