Free and Easy Guitar with Aaron Gallagher Presents: Learn how to Play Zoe Jane by Staind
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Hey what’s up everybody, it's Aaron. This lesson I want to do for you right now is by Staind and the song is called “Zoe Jane.” Alright, one of my favorite songs for a long time. And it’s a very good beginner finger picking song. So, if you like to finger pick or you're not very good at it or you're a beginner, it's a great song for you.
To start off, your guitar needs to be in half step down tuning. So standard tuning for guitar is E-A-D-G-B-E. This is E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, B flat, E flat, so it sounds like this. [Demonstration] Okay, if you have a tuner, you can hit a little -- looks like a lower case B, well for you guys it would be lower case, and it's called the flat button. If you press that once then whenever you hit the strings, that said E, that’s actually E flat or if you have a tuner or if you have a flat button, put a capo on your first fret, then tune your guitar to standard tune, once you take the capo off, it’ll be in half step down. You don’t need a capo to tune this to half step down.
So, here’s what we’re going to do right now. We are in half step down tuning, I'm going to give you a couple of finger patterns. The way I'm going to do this lesson is if you hear me say 3/5, 5/7, 7/8, 10/12, all that means is the first number is what fret your pointer finger is going to be on the five string, if your string, that one on top here, A string. So if I say, 3/5, the first number three, it means this pointer finger is on the third fret. It's only going to be on this string, the whole song, it's never going to move from there, so don’t worry about it.
The second number is going to be where your pinky finger is on your two string. So if I say three five, we just pick your pointer finger on the third fret of your five string, and the second number five in your pinky finger is on the fifth fret of your two strings. So this is the 3-5 [Demonstration]. Okay? Just like to learn the 3/5, this is the 5/7, the pointer finger is on the fifth fret, and this is on the seventh fret. Remember, they’ll stay on the same strings.
The third formation is called the 7/8, that’s just the way I'm calling it in this lesson because it’s so much easier to learn it this way, so, 7/8. And that’s how I play the intro and the verse. And that’s how I remember this song, is I remember 3/5, 5/7, 7/8 for two measures [Demonstration].
Now, the picking pattern you're going to use is going to be the entire through the whole—the entire song is always going to be the same picking pattern. Now, whether you are in the chorus or in the verse, or the intro, or anything, it’s always going to be the same picking pattern.
So, what that picking pattern is? So let's go to the 3/5, pointer ginger third fret, pinky finger fifth fret and remember that the pinky is always going to be in the two string, and your pointer finger always going to be in the five string. So, in picking pattern again it's going to sound like this [Demonstration].
But the picking pattern is with your thumb, you're pulling the five string [Demonstration] with your middle finger you’re going to play the two string [Demonstration] and with your pointer finger, you’re going to play the three string, so it goes—
There's four measures, this is the first measure on 3/5 chord [Demonstration]. Second measure is on your 5/7 [Demonstration]. And the third and the fourth measures are on your 7/8 [Demonstration]. So, that’s the verse.
Alright, so that is that, that’s how the verse goes. The chorus is basically the same, it's not basically it's exact the same picking pattern. It's just going to be all the different chords. You're going to start out in your 10/12 for the first measure. That means like I said, tenth fret at your pointer finger on five strings, and second number twelve means twelfth fret at your pinky on the B string, same picking pattern. [Demonstration] But, one thing different from the verse and the chorus, other than the chord formations is in the chorus, you’re going to play each one of these chord shapes for two measures or two picking patterns. So the picking pattern is [Demonstration]. So you’re going to play it twice for each chord. The first one at 10/12, 10/12 it's [Demonstration]. That’s just that same picking pattern twice.
Our second chord, we’re going to be having the 5/7 [Demonstration]. Our third chord is the 7/8 [Demonstration]. Now, our last chord is a 3/5 [Demonstration]. Now, I think you did that two, or four times, I think for the chorus, but whenever it goes back into the verse, you're going to be finishing up at the end of the chorus, you’ll finish up on this 3/5 [Demonstration].And you’ve got to start it out at the same verse, so you got to stay right there and play the same picking pattern again.
Okay, the only other thing I'm going to tell you guys, in the tab that I gave you, there’ll be a couple formations [Demonstration] that you can actually strum with an electric guitar. There's an electric guitar I think in the actual versions, that just plays the chords, strum in chorus in open formation, it's like [Demonstration], kind of like that, but you’ll be able to see that in the tab.
The another thing I want to cover real quick is in a verse, if you listen how it play it, you got to listen for this [Demonstration], at the end of the first--at the end of [Demonstration], when start at the second, so [Demonstration], here comes [Demonstration], here comes [Demonstration]. What that is that this note, pointer on the five string [Demonstration] and I'm sliding from the 3rd fret [Demonstration] to the 5th fret. Now that is actually going to be the first bass note of each next chord, so that’s may be a little confusing. What I'm saying is when you start our 3/5, you play [Demonstration]. Instead, of moving up here and then playing the bass note [Demonstration] what I'm doing is I'm playing it on the third fret [Demonstration] and sliding both up, so the So the only -- that little [Demonstration] is actually coming from the first bass of that second chords, I'm going [Demonstration], but you're doing it so fast, you almost can't pick it up, unless you slow it down, so let me show that again [Demonstration] slow motion.
And then the chorus [Demonstration], you don’t have to worry about it so much, it's just kind of you move and then you start the picking [Demonstration]. Something I like to kind of – it make sense sometimes is that the beginning of the second chorus, when it gets a real quite, sometimes instead of playing the [Demonstration], I just pick [Demonstration], and you can either pick all three strings that you’re picking. You can either pick the five strings, the two and the three together. [Demonstration] If you’re going to do that way, I suggest you put more emphasis on the two strings and the five strings. And you can hit—you can play the three strings, don’t give it as much pull. [Demonstration] Or you can just play the five and the two strings [Demonstration], but don’t forget to check out for easyguitar--