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Thank you for the music – ABBA’s come back

Just when you think it will never happen again, and you’re at the cusp of abandoning all hope, the legendary four-letter foursome ABBA releases the joyful news, they’re going to make new music. Agnetha (68), Björn (73), Benny (71) and Anni-Frid (72) had revealed earlier that they would hit the stage again, after a break of 36 years. As holograms! Mamma mia indeed!

In 1974 ABBA had won the Eurovision Song Contest with their dreamy disco hit Waterloo. From then on the hit train had gained momentum and the band scored one success after the other. They became Scandinavia’s most popular pop group ever, with sing-along classics like SOS, Dancing Queen and Fernando. All the biggest hits (and all the chords) can be found in the ABBA-channel.

The glamorous fairy tail came to an end when the wedding bells stopped ringing for Agatha and Björn. Then, not much later, Benny and Anni-Frid also separated in 1982 which made the group decide it was time for a break. That break is finally over and they will release two new songs at the end of the year, which will also kick off their hologram world tour.

For the fans who can’t wait there is an ABBA Museum “Walk in, Dance out”, which opened in Stockholm in 2013. In the museum fans can submerge themselves in the ABBA universe, full of low-cut stretch shirts, hair spray fumes, glitter pants and of course, disco tunes. The artificial intelligence version of ABBA is being created to breathe new life into this universe.  

About the technological possibilities of virtual reality and artificial intelligence Benny Anderson says: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here.”  

While the members of ABBA have reached retirement age, their music stays timeless and will undoubtedly ignite the disco fever in a new generation of Fernandos and dancing queens.   

Shine around the campfire with these tracks in D major – chord of the week

Have you checked out our Instagram account? That’s where, if you follow us, we’ll update you weekly with a ‘chord of the week.’ This week is all about the D major. Read below to find five tracks that are based on this chord. Ideal for a rock circle around the campfire.

Everybody knows the D major, right? Yes, we’re talking about the inverted triangle-shaped chord played on the G, B and high E string. This chord sounds clear, cheerful and fresh. It is often a good addition to songs written in the keys G, C or A minor. This week the D major is not an addition, but at the center of attention.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

When everyone’s cuddling up at the campfire, it’s always good to include some old-school tracks in your repertoire. How about Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. The song consists of the four basic chords G, C, D and E minor. It’s ideal for novice guitarists and a guaranteed success. Who can stay quiet during the bridge: “Jalalalalalaaaladida, brown eyed girl!” No one, of course. Start practicing.

No Woman – Whitney

For the more advanced beginner it’s important to practice the basic chords as well as the more difficult barre handles. A song like No Woman by the band Whitney is perfect for this kind of training. In this track we find the well-known open chords E, Em, A, D and G. The challenge lies in the B and the B minor. Both chords are a barre grip. The only difference is the third. If you look closely you can see the resemblance between the Am and the A, only now played two frets higher. Try it out.

Let Her Go – Passenger

Did you know that British singer songwriter Michael David Rosenberg played in a band called Passenger? After the band fell apart in 2009, Rosenberg decided to keep the name for his solo project. Under that name he released the track Let Her Go in 2012. The song was in the top three of the Billboard charts for months. It’s a track that fits in every summer jam. Like Whitney’s song, Let Her Go is composed almost entirely out of basic chords, with the exception of B.

Mamma Mia – Abba

The Swedish heroes are back. Celebrate this cheerful news with an Abba jam. How about grooving to the song Mamma Mia from 1975. Although the track initially sounds bombastic, the basis is just  piano and guitar. We can reduce the core to just a few chords: D, G, A and C. As you can see here, there are also a number of lesser known chords in the track. This is a good opportunity to try them out.

Time to Pretend – MGMT

If you want to score a big hit, keep it simple. This motto certainly applies to MGMT. Time to Pretend is the shining example of this. When you look at the chord scheme you’ll immediately notice how the song evolves around the D, G and A, with a little exception in the bridge where the band plays an F-sharp minor. Because of the quick alternation of chords, this song is a good exercise for both beginning and advanced guitarists. Happy jamming!