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This lesson is going to be on people are Crazy by Billy Currington. It’s a new country song. It’s really a good song and the let's keep rolling on the 5th fret. The guitar is in standard tuning and I’m going to teach you the intro first and then the chorus. So the intro is this.
Okay, it's really simple just do the same thing twice in a row, so don’t get frustrated there. So, you’re going to start off on the B string every note that will go on is on the B string. Okay, well one note is from on the B string to the G-string and it's just open. It's just this note. Keep playing it the whole thing there on. So start on the B string and take your right finger on the 10th fret over which is the 5th fret of your key tone. So I’m going to give you numbers five, three, one as relative to the key B, this is five relative to the key B. You’re going to play three times, you're going to play 5-5 and put twice to the beginning kind of quickly together, 5-5 then a pause and you play 5-3-1. Okay, after that 1, you’re going to play the G-string open. Okay, so once this first couple notes again5-5 and pause; 5-3-2 over again on the G-string. After you play that, you’re going to play 1-1—
Then you don’t play one on the 1st fret of the E string, after you open the G. So you’re going t play only B 5-5-3-1 open G and then you’re going to play it 1st fret B again so 1-3-3-3-3-5-3-1-one repeat the whole thing over.
So, slowly all together I’m going to give numbers remembering most of these, except for one note are on the B string. So it’s 5-5 pause, 5-3-1 open G, 1-3-3 pause, 3-3-5-3-1 and do that twice.
Okay, so that’s the intro. It's very simple.
So, for the chords I’m going t have to pull it up here because I have a little of that. We got – on 5th fret and the intro chords in place to a C and a G.
Okay, so strum kind of what you use throughout most of the song. It’s just like this.
That’s down, down, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up then switch to G down, down, down, up, down, up, down, up.
So it's like that. So what I’m going to do is the verse and I’ll sing it for you and play it and I’ll show you the chords. Actually, I’ll show you the chords first. So, for the verse, This old man and me, sitting by the bar and we’re at the bar and we’re having some beers and swaping I don’t cares. Talking politics, blonde and red-head chicks. Alright, so C, G-A minor, F is basically the common progression through that. So just playing that strum pattern, okay. So I’m going to start on the C chord [demonstration] to G [demonstration] to an A minor [demonstration] and you finish on your F [demonstration], okay? When I go from my A minor to my F, alright one thing that I try to do is there’s no common fingers. I mean, there’s no fingers that are in A minor that are the same at your F chord but there is something you can kind of do to make it a little easier. You have your A minor chord, your middle finger is the one finger I want you to focus on. It's on your fourth string. One, two, three, four on the second fret. Okay, so it's this note [demonstration].
When you move from your A minor [demonstration], pick up your pointer and pick up ring and leave that middle finger there for a second. Once that middle finger is there, you put your ring finger on the third fret of your A string. Alright, this is a common progression that you would use like for a C chord, from an A minor [demonstration] to a C [demonstration], okay? But what I want you to do is go from your A minor with your pointer finger off, your ring finger off, put your ring finger down on the third fret of your A string. One, two, three on your second string on top of your A string.
Alright, so now you’re almost in the common formation you use for a C chord which you want to go F. Alright, so now that this ring finger is where you would be for an F, you could take this finger off and your pinky down, the middle finger goes down there on the G string at the second fret and then your bar comes down for the F [demonstration], okay? So, moving from an A minor [demonstration] to the F [demonstration]. You’ve almost kind of like you want to trick yourself at first like you’re moving to the C, because when you move from A minor to C, it's a really easy transition, a sound your probably familiar with. So A minor [demonstration] and then raising again here while there’s going to be a C chord and then you pick this up, put your pinky finger down and the middle finger to make your F bar [demonstration], okay? So that’s all I want you to do for that.
You’ll play that chord progression twice and then you’ll play it the third time and then you play, God is Great, beer is good and people are crazy. That’s C, G, C, G, I’m just going to play the first two notes. The first part is for you, it’s kind of an interesting song structure so I‘ll just play and you kind of following along. So the chord progression I just taught you is C-G-A minor-F.
“This old man and me, were at the bar and we were having us some beers and swaping I don’t cares. Talking politics, blonde and red-head chicks. Old dogs and new tricks and habits we ain’t kicked (and C) We talked about Gods grace (and G) and all the heck we raised. (A minor) Then I heard the ol' man say; (and your F against C and G.) God is great, beer is bad (G) and People Are Crazy.” A C and then you put a G with no words to give it away from the second part. Okay, then you go to the second verse.
“He said "I fought two wars. Been married and divorced. What brings you to Ohio?” It's the same chord progression. Here is this part. “He said "I fought two wars. Been married and divorced. What brings you to Ohio? He said "Darned if I know". We talked an hour or two about every girl we knew. What all we put them through. Like two old boys will do.”
Okay, and then you got the C-G-A minor-F and then C-G-C-G again. This is for the second chorus.
We pondered life and death. He lit a cigarette. He said "These darn things will kill me yet; But God is great, beer is bad and people are crazy". Finish on a C and then you play it on a G, strumming. Then you get to bridge, it's starts with an F [Demonstration] same strumming pattern to the E minor to the [Demonstration] D minor to a G. You guys know what an F and E minor to G are. The D minor, you may not know take your ring finger and put it on the 2nd string up. All right, so you’re at the B string and on that 3rd fret your middle finger goes on the 2nd fret of your G string. All right, so your 3rd string up you got this one on your 2nd fret and then your high E, your pointer fingers on the 1st fret.
So starting from the bottom string, this high E you got your pointer finger on the 1st fret. Next string up your B, your ring finger is on the 3rd fret in the third string up. Your G string, have your middle finger on the 2nd fret. So it's that chord.
“Start at the chorus. Last call its 2am, I said goodbye to him. I never talk to him again.”
Okay, then you got it's kind of a peak in tempo a little a bit, same chord progression. Then one sunny day, it's a C-G-A minor-F. I’ll need to play it for you guys and the ‘and he plays’ three times. God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.