Song Writing Part 2: Acoustic Fingerstyle

by Ian Bushell

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  • Hi Gmc,

    Welcome to part 2 of my songwriting series.

    For part 2 we look at "acoustifying" an existing track...ala MTV unplugged.

    For this lesson we are going to acoustify the sample track from part 1.

    Yes, you could just play your rock/metal/pop track exactly the same. But you would be missing out on an easy oppurtunity to explore the acoustic side of guitar.

    This is a great and fun way to expand your playing across styles as well as learn and use new chords, rhythms etc. This idea does not only have to be used for morphing a current rock track you have. You could also just use the idea to write an acoustic track.

    I've taken the rock/metal track from part 1 slowed it down, changed the feel and coulored the chord progressions more. The base chords and progressions are still the same they have just been slightly modified to suit the new feel better. This also just proves how universal chord progressions really are, it's just the way you put them across.

    This lesson can also be used as a study to the chords available in the scales of F major, D minor and D harmonic minor.

    The form is still the same. 1x verse, 4x pre chorus, 2x chorus, 1x bridge.

    The only part that has been completely changed is the bridge. see lick 10.

    If any of these chords are new to you, most of the broken down licks contain "chords used videos". Rhythm notation is in the guitar pro tab and right hand finger patterns are included in the broken down videos and text tab.

    Due to the technique focus being on comping with percussion, bass line and chord stabs. The backing tracks do include bass very softly as a guide for you.
    As this is the harder part to keep going. This way you can also hear how the bass line works around the other parts in your comping.

    Key is still D minor/F major although this time round we introduce the D harmonic minor chord family into the bridge along with the existing key...let's get on with it!

    Tuning is standard and BPM is 130.

    Peace,

    Ian

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