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      Play Guitar By Ear - Two Chord Song



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We have seen how two chord songs templates help us play guitar by
ear when we are working our children's songs, we've also applied
this concept to classical music.

This is just the tip of the musical iceberg, the more you
practice and apply the eight bar two chord song templates
combinations we have studied so far many more songs will come to
mind .

As we widen our study of two chord songs to include country music
we will notice how a variation our early eight bar template can
link a simple children's song to a number one country music hit

Did you know you could use the exact same two chord, eight bar
song template for both these songs?

Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley and Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy
Breaky Heart" use the same harmonic background, of course the
melodies of these two songs are different.

Here is our third two chord template:

   C       C      C      G
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

   G       G      G      C
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

and the mathematical code for this progression is ...

   1      1       1       5
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

   5       5       5      1
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

Realizing the similarities in the chord progressions will be a
great help if you are playing at a party and someone requests
Achy Breaky Heart, it also underlines the importance of
practicing and studying the children's tunes.

I'm sure you have heard the phrase "that strikes a chord with
me". actually that is what will be starting to happen for you ...
chords and even entire chord progressions will begin to

Guitarists who play by ear have mastered this important ability
of "connected learning", by associating new material with
something they already know they can remember and recall this
information quickly and accurately.

Our studies up to this point have been restricted to songs that
use the eight bar modules repeated for the duration of the entire

Many songs use two chord, eight bar modules as part of the song,
the following eight bar module would work for the verse of Roy
Orbison's hit song 'Blue Bayou'.

   C       C      G      G
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

   G       G      C      C
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

Side note: Blue Bayou's verse is comprised of sixteen bar so you
need to play the eight bar module through twice.

Try to work out this progression in other keys, the formula is:

   1       1       5      5
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

   5       5       1      1
| //// | //// | //// | //// |

Are there any other songs you know that use this progression?

By now I'm sure you get the idea, restrict yourself to a small
piece of information and try to 'milk' as much as you can from
this tiny piece of musical material. People who play guitar by
ear may not know many chords, but they sure know heaps of tunes.


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