==== ====Van Morrison plays a Renaissance guitar. Shouldnt you?www.nocalguitars.com==== ====Bright Side Of The Road, Gloria, Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Have I Told You lately, whodoesnt have a favorite Van Morrison song? Like Cat Stevens, Don McLean and James Taylor,Van Morrisons songs sound great with just one guitar, you dont need a band to enjoy these greatsongs.Another neat thing about Van Morrisons material is that theres something for everyone ... "MoonDance" for the Jazz fans, "Gloria" for those who enjoy rock, and "Have I Told You Lately" forlovers.With songs like "Brown Eyed Girl" in your guitar repertoire you will be the life of the party. Heres 3tips to help to play professional versions of Van Morrison songs.Tip 1: Open Chord Voicings - Moondance - minor seventh chordsThe key to playing songs like Moondance is playing open voiced minor seventh chords. Everypopular song has a musical ID, it may be a lead guitar riff, a unique sounding chord progression ora particular rhythm, something that immediately enables the listener to identify that song.When a song is well written it only takes 2 or 3 seconds for the listener to know what song is beingplayed, even without the vocals.With Van Morrisons "Moondance" the first two chords correctly played is all we need ... the chordsare Am7 to Bm7, now while there is nothing new about these chords, its the way Van Morrisonarranges the notes in the chord that makes the song instantly recognizable.What do we mean by open voiced chords? The first step is to know what notes are used to buildeach chord, Am7 = A, C, E, G / Bm7 = B, D, F#, A.Notice with the chord spelling for each chord how the notes are arranged in an alphabetical stylesequence: Am7 = A then the next note that occurs in the chord is C then E etc, obviously certainnotes of our standard alphabet have been omitted, but you get the idea, study the Bm7 chord tomake sure you understand the concept.When the notes for each chord are arranged in alphabetical order this is called "root position", ournext step is to create four part open voiced chords.Four part open voiced chords are usually played upon the 6th, 4th 3rd and 2nd strings. The 5thand the 1st strings are muffled by the fingers playing the other notes.
The idea is to avoid note duplication. By using chord-structures that have no duplication of chordtones it is much easier to alter the basic chords to form further altered chords.Example of a "Am7" four part open voiced chord: A=6th string, 5th fret, G=4th string, 5th fret,C=3rd string 5th fret, E=2nd string, 5th fret. This is the first chord for "Moondance", move thisshape up two frets and you will have the second chord Bm7.Tip 2: intervals - thirds - Brown Eyed GirlBrown Eyed Girl has a simple yet effective lead guitar introduction that instantly identifies thesong.If you played the intro as a single note melody in the key of "G" the notes would be as follows: B,C, D, C, B the next phrase would be E, F, G, F, E then back to the first phrase B, C, D, C, B andfinally F#, F# G, A.This single note melody is then supported by adding additional harmony notes played underneaththe melody. The harmony notes are placed at an interval distance of a third below the melody.To work out the harmony notes simply count backwards from the melody e.g. to work out theharmony note for the given "B" melody note count back three. B=>A=>G.Here is the first five melody notes B, C, D, C, B, the harmony notes a third below indicated by [ ].B [G], C [A], D [B], C [A], B [G},Tip 3: chord progressions - 1-3-4-5 Bright Side Of The Road.Learning to recognize chord progressions of by ear is a great way to remember songs.Each key has a series of chords that are created from that particular scale.In the key of C the basic chords are C, Dm, Em ,F ,G , Am ,B dim.C = chord 1, Dm = chord 2, Em = chord 3 ,F = chord 4 ,G = chord 5, Am = chord 6 ,B dim = chord7.The opening chord progression for Van Morrisons "Bright Side Of The Road" is a 1-3-4-5progression which when played in the key of C becomes C-Em-F-G. This is the same chordprogression Van Morrison uses for the opening chords of "Have I Told You Lately".So you can see, by identifying the sound of chord progressions it makes the process of learningnew material much easier.Mike Hayes develops systems and products to help you succeed in your guitar playing. Find outmore about how to learn guitar fast with his popular free ecourse, available at: =>
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