Blind Guardian: Harvest of Sorrow Part 1

by Marcus Siepen

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  • Hi everybody, welcome to my first Blind Guardian lesson here on GMC. Today (and in the next lesson) we will take a look at a song called "Harvest of Sorrow" which we originally released back in 2002 and which since then is a frequent guest in our live setlist.

    In contrast to a normal lesson, in which I try to avoid repetitions, this is a real song, so of course there are some parts that are repeated, but you will see that in Blind Guardian we try to vary things a bit when we repeat parts, sometimes we change the parts a bit (like I did here with the first and the second bridge), or we add something, in this case I added some leads to the second chorus.

    Since this song is an acoustic ballad the structure is rather simple, the song is built up like this:
    intro, verse, bridge 1, verse 2, chorus, solo 1, verse 3, bridge 2, chorus 2, solo 2, outro

    In todays lesson we will cover the first half of the song up to the first solo, the next lesson will cover the rest of course.

    When you take a look at the main video you will see that I am using some chicken picking for this song, a picking technique that uses the guitar pick to pick a string, and the middle finger to pick a second string at the same time. I am showing you this techinque in my babbling video, so I suggest you take a look at this little tutorial before you dive into the rest of the lesson.

    Another thing you might realise is that I only recorded one video for the intro and the verses, I did this because the guitar plays the same in those parts, so it doesn't really make sense to upload the same video 3 times :-)

    All leads and Solos in this song are in the scale of e-minor, as you will see I play them in different boxes though.

    Have fun practicing and see you in part 2 of this lesson.


    PS: to record this lesson I plugged my Gibson J45 straight into Pro Tools, the only effect I added was a bit of reverb.

    Tabs and music are used with permission from Warner/Chappell Music.

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