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Today I am gonna show you how to play man of constant sorrow, there’s many versions of this Song on the internet. This is just a easy version with fills and the main intro and chords you will have to listen to the song to get the exact amount of strums for each chord and how long to sing each part.
Here’s the intro.
you need a capo at the 3rd fret and tune you low E String to D the tuning is D A D G B E. you drone that open D string through the Riff. notice the ~ symbol on the 3rd fret of the D String that’s to indicate vibrato how ever if you listen to the song you can hear that note getting bent just a little bit, So be sure to pay attention to that.
next up is the Verse section I broke it up into two parts verse A and verse B .
As You can see the Chord progression for this Verse is D-G-A-D-fill Verse B is a little different. notice the fill that’s played after you end on the D chord the note on the D String here is followed by *BP* that means you do a sleight bend and pull off to the open string.
You can play different variations of that fill. at the end of this lesson I will give you more fills you can play in place of that one if you want.
You will notice in this Verse its the same as the first. but after you play that D Chord instead of playing fills it goes back to the A Chord (with more lyrics)and then to the D Chord and then you will play your Fill after that.
Here’s some extra Fills to change out as you see fit.
You can make up Your own fills to play between Verses if you want its something that everyone will add there own style to so mess around with the above Fills and change them up as you like.
That’s it a pretty fun to play Song that pretty much everyone loves.
Today’s Lessons will be on AC/DC Back in black ! one of the most loved ad/dc Songs and for good reason it has some great guitar riffs on it and is a awesome song.
We will start off with the intro riff in the image below.
Notice that I have part one and two written in the above tabs that’s because these Riffs go together and aren’t sectioned off into an A and B parts.
On the first E Chord that’s played right after you hit the Chord You mute them real fast with both Your right and left Hands that’s how you get that sound that’s on the recording. So, be sure to be on the ball with muting that part.
The last half of the Riff is much like a blues turn around, You see before ending on E Chord. You slide up to the 7th fret B note on the E String, You can slide up to all the notes that are played on the E string. But play it how it feels best to You since this ending of the Riff can be hard for newer players.
Lets move on to the next section.
Nothing to complex about this but if you have seen the G Chord before thats in this part its a common chord in metal and rock the X is notated meaning to mute that string you do that with your fretting Hand use Your index Finger to mute that’s String.
Listen to the recording and play along with it to get a feel for the time.
Now lets look at the Guitar part that’s played under the Guitar Solo.
Noticed the — symbol used in this tab that’s indicate palm muting under the parts that you see it. Another thing You will see in this Tab is under some parts I have notated D and U those Symbols mean to down pick or up pick that Chord, D being for Down and U being for up.
As you can see this Song has lots of great Guitar parts to it and I recommend you record the backing for the Solo and improvise a Guitar Solo over it, for that reason I don’t have the Guitar solo laid out. Just take some time and learn the other parts first and learn to Solo over that backing.
If I get request i may do a lessons and Tab for the Guitar Solo at a later date. for now lets look at the last riff introduced in this Song.
Noticed the ending part of this riff is almost the same as the one used in the main verse riff and on this one you will want to perform the slides that are indicated with this symbol / now i know this riff can be hard to play but take your time with it and play it slow until you get it up to speed.
One cool thing I would like to point out about this Guitar riff is noticed how it starts on the E String and plays out, then the whole riff moves down a set of strings ? that’s a neat little trick done with lots of Guitar riff and You will see done all over the place in music.
That’s all there is to this Song its a great rock/metal Song and pretty much every Guitar player should learn it, since if you play it in any crowed, pretty much everyone will know the riff its a great Song to know.
For more lessons like this one check out my page on Metal Songs.
Learn Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
Today I am gonna show you an easy way to play Nothing else Matters, This can be a really hard song for some one to learn when starting out, and it can be really tough to try and sing and play at the same time. I am gonna show you a strumming version of the Song. that, You can use to learn to Sing along with the Song. As You become more advanced you can move on to the Studio version of the Song.
This Song has three repeated parts that change in the Verse before coming to the end section. In the below Image you will see Tab for the Verse section.
I will post the ending of it after you learn the repeated section then learn the ending of the Verse.
Notice the D and U Letters under the Chords that’s to indicate a Down Strum or a up Strum with the pick.
Play what you see in the above section all the way through and then play the section in the below Image right after. It is the ending of the Verse.
singing and playing guitar at the same time
After you Learn the above parts its time to Learn to Sing and play at the same time and the best way to do that is to start out by counting out loud as you play just say one and two and three and four and repeat once you can talk while playing this you can move on to singing.
Another way is to try and hum the Melody as you Strum the Chords when you can get them in time with each other your ready to move on.
Once you have mastered this easy version of the Song, You should learn the studio version. But the Strum Version sounds pretty good and sometimes live they do strum the parts. So, its all good just play what you like.
In the below Image you will find the Chorus Section.
If you like this Lesson “beginner nothing else matters” let me know in the comment section maybe I will do more.
Improvise Guitar Riffs from the Riffs you already know
How to Improvise Riffs – learning as many Guitar Riffs as you can is the key to coming up with Riff ideas. You will get a feel for how other Guitarist You study do it. and in time you will become adapt at Riff writing.
The best thing is that the more varied your knowledge on Riffs and styles of Music becomes the greater your ability to improves unique Riffs.
When your new to guitar. and Scales seem over complicated. Learning Riffs is the best approach, Just using the notes from a Riff and forming power chords from the single notes in a Riff line, You can build a Scale based off a Song and by jamming you can come up with new ideals with the Riffs you already know. This is how all Guitarist do it even if they don’t know it.
one thing always have a Goal every time you sit down with a Guitar be it to practice a hard Riff your Learning or to just write a new Riff every time you sit down Goals are the best way to boost you skill.