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Free and Easy Guitar with Aaron Gallagher Presents: Learn how to Play In Color by Jamey Johnson
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What’s up, guys? It’s Aaron. I want to teach you a song tonight called “In Color” by Jamey Johnson. I’ve got a lot of requests for it for quite some time. And when I found one, I got around to it. Alright, but your guitar is in standard tuning with your capos on the thirds fret. So, E, A, D, G, B, E, capo’s on the third fret. The chords we’re going to use is a G, an F, bar chord, a C, and also I think there’s an E minor, a D slash F sharp and there maybe something else there in the bridge. So basically, just start off with the chords. If you don’t know what a G is, you can always click on the info, in the more info tab over here. It says, in more info it’s blue, click on it, the tab, there’d be a link in there, click on the link, it will take you to the tab as the chords above the lyrics. So that’s what I use for the song. So, if you pull it up and run your cursor over the top of it, it actually shows a picture of where your fingers should be. So your first chord is a G, in the verse. So the verse goes G to F. If you’re not familiar with the F bar chord, you can watch the video. I have two videos on learn how to read bar or learn how to use bar chords. It’s just kind of an introduction to bar chords. Then you have your C as your third chord and then your G as a fourth one. So basically, chord progression for the verse in this one, it goes G to F, C, back to G. So it does that for the verse. Now the strum pattern I use for the verse sounds like this. [Demonstration] So basically that is down, down, down, up, up, down, down, up, down, up, switch to the F, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, up, down, up, to the C, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, up, down, up, and then back to the G, same strum pattern, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, up, down, up, so you’re gong to do that for the first verse. And as most songs, for the most part I guess you just take the standard song structure as you have started this two verse at the beginning, so if you look, it has, “I said grandpa what’s this picture here it’s all black and white it aren’t real clear is that you there? He said yeah I was 11,” that’s the first verse. So you then you repeat that G to F to C to G again for the second verse, “Times were tough back in '35, blah-blah-blah, cotton farm in the great depression”, that’s the second verse. So that second verse is G, F, C, G just like the first verse. Then the chorus, “If it looks like we were scared to death like a couple of kids just trying to save each other you should've seen it in color”, this is the same chord progression. It’s just G, to F, to C, to G. So I’m going to play the chords, this is how I play the chorus. That’s how I play the chorus. So I’ll try and walk you on this slow. So the first, the G, “If it looks like we were scared to death”, you play the G so I played down, up, switch to the F, so down, up, to C, down, up, back to G, down, up. Alright, one thing I’m trying to push you guys to understand is there’s no right or wrong strum pattern as long as you keep with the rhythm, so basically if you hear me strum something and when I explain it, it might be a little different, that’s completely possible because I don’t write these down. I’m just kind of going with the flow. But you know, if I started some out in the G, say I started out down, down, down, up, up, down, you could start it down, down, up, up, down, up down. They sound exactly the same so really strum pattern is something you guys just need to work with yourself until you get comfortable with it. So basically like I said, the verse and the chorus are G, to F, to C, to G. Now, the one we will place the counting change is the bridge. The bridge is E minor first, D slash F, I think that would be D slash F sharp. The tab says D slash F. I think it should be D slash F sharp. What that means is it doesn’t mean in D slash F as in you play D chord then you play an F real quick. That’s not what it means. What it means is you play a D chord but your bass note, instead of being a D which is what will be standard. When you play a D chord, you’re supposed to just play the bottom four strings so what’s your bass note? It’s whatever this third string down from the top is, it’s a D. So that would be your D bass note. It’s what a D chord, alright. So if it says D slash F, this says D slash F, it means D chord with an F bass note. What that means is you come up here and you play you low E string, but if you go to the second fret, it’s an F sharp because it’s E open, first fret makes it F and then the next one, that is an F sharp. So that’s what D slash F sharp means. Now the tab like I said says D slash F, ignore it. Just play this. So you’re going to make your D chord, then you’re going to wrap your thumb around the second fret of your low E. That’s the D slash F. It should be D slash F sharp. And the last chord in the first part of the bridge is C. The second tab you’re going to go is E minor to the D slash F sharp to a C and then to a D. I guess I’ll just kind of sing this part. I don’t think I need to sing that intro and the verse. You guys, I know, the verse and the chorus, you guys can handle that. Listen to the song, but for the bridge, it starts in the E minor. “That’s the story of my life right there in black and white”, I don’t know, it wasn’t very good but basically, what I want you guys to show is it starts out in the E minor. You hear that ring out before he starts to play, so it goes, before he starts to sing the lyrics, so and I just strum it once, “That’s the story” is when it gets in the D slash F sharp, and I play E minor like once, down, or maybe down, up, down, up, down, to a D slash F, down, up, down, up, down, and to the C, basically just let the C ring. Play it once. Then you go to the second line of the bridge, where it says “right there in black and white”, you play the E minor, let it ring, D slash F sharp so down, up, down, up, down, “right there in black and white” and so in that part I’ll play down, up, down, up, switch to the D. It gets out to the last down stroke. So, like that. So from the beginning of the bridge, E minor, D slash F to C, second cut through E minor, D slash F sharp, C, D. And like I said on my videos, figure the strum pattern up for yourself. It will help you. There’s no wrong or right strum pattern as long as you keep with the rhythm. I hope this lesson helps. It’s really not a difficult song. Your capo’s on third fret. And I’m going to bed. Good night.