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New albums by Mark knopfler, Mumford & Sons, Rosalía and Thomas Azier

A nestor with some new sounds, a group of skillful festival adepts, and two promising newcomers. This month’s new releases are by Mark Knoplfer, Mumford & Sons, Rosalía and Thomas Azier.   

Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever  

If you like the comforting guitar sounds of the Dire Straits, then you probably also like Mark Knopfler. This is already the ninth solo album by the frontman of the Dire Straits, and it’s coming out on November 16. Knopfler recorded the songs at his own British Grove Studio in West London.

Release date: Nov 16 
Single: Good On You Son 
Chords: Eb, Cm7, Ab, Bb, G, F/A, Gm7, F, Cm
Tip: Great song to improvise on!

Mumford & Sons – Delta

We’ll stay in London for a bit, because Mumford & Sons are releasing their fourth album. The seasoned festival act recently announced their mega plans for touring the US, Canada, and Australia. Come spring they’ll be returning to Europe, where they will be the headliner at Rock Werchter, Belgium.

Release date: Nov 16
Single: If I Say
Chords: Dm, C, Bb, Gm7, F/A, Am, C/E, Gm
Tip: Great for practicing some standard barre positions.

Rosalía – El Mal Querer

She arrived out of nowhere at number one as most-played song in the world: Spanish super talent Rosalia. And her second album is getting one good review after the other.  

Release date: Nov 2
Single: Malamente
Chords: Cm/D# Dm6 D5 Bdim Cm
Tip: Try it on your synth or your Spanish guitar

Thomas Azier – Stray

Then there’s also a brand-new synth-pop album by Thomas Azier. Born in the Netherlands, musically raised in Berlin and Paris, and steadily building a many-sided repertoire. He already released an EP with the title Stray, and now his upcoming album will bear the same name.

Release date: Nov 23
Single: White Horses
Chords: C5, Db5, Gm, Fm, Cm, Ab
Tip: Adds a touch of drama to your jam sessions.

From Justin Bieber to Metallica anything goes in E major – chord of the week

This week we’re placing the toughest major chord in the spotlight. The E has a powerful, full sound, so you can use it in every genre. From heavy metal to hip-hop, from hip-hop to pop, nothing’s too crazy for the E. 

As you may have seen on Instagram, this week’s chord is the E major. This is a versatile key that plays an important role in both classical and contemporary pop music. It’s actually not very surprising since your guitar is tuned by default in an open E. The diversity of the chord can be found in the list of tracks we have compiled for you.

Love Yourself – Justin Bieber

Pop idol Justin Bieber has always been a hit machine. The song Love Yourself is no exception. The characteristic guitar carries the track from beginning to end. Although this song sounds very simple, it has some nice challenges. It quickly changes chords and there are a few chords that you won’t find in every song. I am talking about the F-sharp minor and the C-sharp minor. Check it out for yourself.

Berlin – Thomas Azier

Speaking of pop idols, Dutchman Thomas Azier, who lives in Paris, is well on his way to conquer the world. The song Berlin of the album Rouge is an ode to his previous base where he wrote his debut album Hellas. In this track he describes the German capital through the eyes of a young artist. The song is written in E and in the chord scheme we see a number of challenging chords, such as the C-sharp, the C-sharp minor and the B.

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The men of the Red Hot Chili Peppers now look like an older version of Justin Bieber. It’s hard to imagine that they were ever young, tough and anything but poppy. The raw sound of Under the Bridge from the album Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik from 1992 kind of reminds us of the good old days. The song has a Hendrix like vibe and chords like E major7, F-sharp minor and G-sharp minor show how diverse the key of E is. This track is a challenge for the advanced guitarist. Try playing along.

Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Metallica

As already mentioned, the E chord fits into any musical style. It doesn’t sound too cheerful, but it doesn’t sound too sad either. It is melancholic, serious and powerful. Since this is the lowest sounding chord on the guitar, the E lends itself perfectly to dark genres such as metal. Try something new and play along with Metallica’s Welcome Home (Sanitarium). The song is a fun challenge for its divers rhythms and the usage of chords like the B, the B minor and the F-sharp.

Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

Yes, we already know, you can’t get enough of the E. The Rolling Stones know that feeling all too well. They even wrote a song about it. Satisfaction is one of the most famous songs of the British rock band. If we look at the chord scheme, we quickly see that it consists of the three basic chords E, D and A. In addition, The Rolling Stones use the B7 jazz chord to add a little more color to the track. Try to play along. Happy jamming!