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A minor equals classic rock – Chord of the week

One of the most dramatic chords you can grab at the top of your neck is the Am. The scale of this chord of the week consists of the basic notes A, B, C, D, E, F and G. That’s why there are countless rock classics written with the Am at the core.

Our chord of the week is made up of the same tones as the A major, with the main difference that the third tone – the third – is not a C# but a C. The above tones that appear in the Am scale, therefore, fit as stand-alone chords in combination with the Am. Just look at the tracks below.

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Stairway to Heaven” is a rock classic and a welcome addition to any setlist. Jimi Page’s powerhouse display of technical skills might overshadow the core of the song: the chords. But, when you look past the spicy fingerpicking and listen to the soul of the track, you’ll soon notice that it consists of basic triads played at the top of the neck.

Which is why “Stairway to Heaven” is actually a good song for a beginning guitarist. It comprises several standard chords, like Am, C, D, E, F, and G. Give it a try. If it’s easy, you can go and see how the plucking fits in there.

Le Freak – Chic

While true for “Stairway to Heaven”, not everything written in the Am sounds serious and gloomy. Take “Le Freak“, the song from the legendary funk band Chic, led by hitmaker Nile Rodgers. It doesn’t get more buoyant than this. The track has everything, from frisky vocals to groovy bass lines and well-timed guitar punches.

As you might expect this song is not very difficult as far as the chord scheme is concerned. The most important funk riff revolves around the Am, D, C progression. The only thing you have to pay close attention to is your strumming hand. It doesn’t take long to play the chords, but to ‘feel the funk’: that’s a steep learning curve.

Child in Time – Deep Purple

If you include Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” in your jam, another classic that shouldn’t be omitted is the epic “Child in Time” by rock band Deep Purple. It’s a mesmerizing gem from the seventies. Let’s take a closer look at the song. We’ll see straight away that one thing stands out.

It’s not Richie Blackmore’s versatile guitar part that makes this epic ballad feel so elusive. This can be attributed to frontman Ian Gillan’s towering range and Sir Jon Lord’s illuster organ part, which envelope the basic chords of the song: Am, G, and F.

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga is not old enough to be a golden oldie, but it’s sure to be a classic in the long run. And of course, we don’t want to bore you with only seventies classics. “Bad Romance” will restore the balance.

Obviously, this track is electronic, but you can tame the electric bleeps and turn this song into a sultry campfire hit, by applying a standard strum to the basic chords Am, F, G, E and C. Well, that’s pop music for you of course. Everything is possible with a limited number of chords. That doesn’t make it any less fun to play though. Happy jamming!

Happy Birthday Sir Paul McCartney!

It’s Sir Paul McCartney birthday today. The former Beatle has reached the respectable age of 76, but this does not prevent him from touring, composing and experimenting with new styles and technologies. In recent years he has worked with Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, among others.

Artists who participate in ‘this game’ after their thirties are sad, said the twenty year old Paul once in an interview about pop music. Now that he’s turned 76 and still going strong, we must conclude that in his mind he’s still far under thirty. Between 2013 and 2018 he did two major world tours – Out There and One on One. In addition, he never stopped delivering new work. A versatile man with an unceasing urge to create, as you can see in the list below.

Rihanna – FourFiveSeconds

In 2015, the former Beatle wrote a song for pop idol Rihanna, FourFiveSeconds. The arrangement of the track consists of a guitar, an organ and a cello. Kanye West also sings along in the song. The track became a hit and McCartney performed together with Rihanna and Kanye during that year’s Grammy Awards.

Kanye West – Only One

The collaboration with Kanye West doesn’t end with the FourFiveSeconds track. McCartney writes the song Only One especially for the rap star. A song in which Kanye’s mother, who is no longer alive, speaks encouraging words from heaven about his work, his life and his daughter.

The song originated when Paul told Kanye about his own mother. She died when McCartney was very young. Later on the pop star wrote a song about seeing her in a dream, Let it Be.

Guiness Book of Records

Sir Paul McCartney is not only a musician but also a world record holder in the Guiness Book of Records. The track Yesterday is the most captured pop song ever. But that’s not the only thing McCartney keeps a record in. The impressive number of 43 platinum songs coming from his hand has not yet been matched.

High in the Clouds

The creative urge of the former Beatle doesn’t end with music making. McCartney wrote the children’s book High in the Clouds in 2005. The story is about the squirrel Wirral who’s in search of  paradise after his forest is destroyed and his mother dies during the disaster.

The pop star has wanted to make an animated film based on his book for years and it seems that it will actually happen in 2018. Meanwhile, McCartney has also written a number of songs for the soundtrack in which he collaborates with Lady Gaga, among others.

Happy Birthday

So, age is only a number. Sir Paul McCartney is the living proof of this. How nice that the pop icon himself has written a song with which we can congratulate him. Where Disney owns the rights of Happy Birthday to You, Sir Paul McCartney has his own version of the theme. With a good dose of rock ‘n roll this track is perfect for almost every B-Day jam. Check it out. Happy jamming!