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Hey, guys! What’s up? It’s Aaron. I want to teach you a lesson on the song by Eric Clapton called “Wonderful Tonight”. Just get this up a little. I remember if the video is small you can always maximized it and I’ll make it a little bigger. But I want to teach you this song here, it’s a great classic song and the big part that you’ll probably recognized most distinctly is this little.
Okay, there is that part. Now that’s really an easy part to play and especially when you’re playing on you’re guitar. I haven’t took my—it’s in that corner unhooked to something I’m not going to get out or get my electric guitar out. But, that’s the first thing I want to teach you, okay. All right, so you have this whole intro, okay. I want you to start out with you’re ring finger on the 10th fret of your B string that’s your second string up, okay 10th fret.
But what I want you to do is I want you to play that and your going to move the string above, okay, your going to bend it up. Basically, what you’re going when you do a bend is instead of the string being in straight from here to here, you’re putting an arch into it which, actually makes the intension increase basically makes the string tighter. All right and that’s why it sounds like higher note because basically, a bend is the same as going slide up and down. So it’s the same as.
So if you don’t like to do a bend, you can always do the slide, okay. But the first thing you’re going to play is this 10th fret on your B string—you’re going to play 10th, okay.
Okay, so what does this is, 10 bend 11 so when you say bend 11, 11 really just means that it is the same as if you were in 11th fret, which to that note. So you’re bending to the note it would be on 11th fret. So 10 bend it up bring it up down, then you take you’re ring finger off and you play on the same string or B string and play 8th fret, okay which is in your pointer fingers.
So from beginning play 10, bend back down, so that’s 10 bend 8, 10, okay working on all the bending plate 10, 11, 10, eight but I don’t recommend it, it sounds weird. Yeah, so you put 10, bend up eight, 10 and you’re going to play 10 with the bend up and then eight again. But this time, your middle finger is going to go up one string to the third string which is your G string and you’re going to play that on the 9th fret. Okay, so there—from the beginning.
Okay, and the last part is something like this.
Okay, that’s really easy too. You’re playing the 10, bend, 8, and then you’re playing 10, 12, 13. Then you’re putting you’re pointer finger down on the 11th fret of your high E all this first notes here are all in this B string.
So 10, bend, 8, 10, 12, 13 then you’re going to put you’re pointer finger on 11th fret of high E, play it and either hammer it on as with your middle finger 12th fret or slide. And the last note is 10th fret on the high E, okay, so what you will get is something like this.
Just like that, okay, you’re going to repeat that throughout the song, the rest of the song is just chorus and it’s just kind of picking within chorus. So you can either – you can strum the verses, or you could strum the chords or you can pick them. So the chords that you’re going to need is the G chord it was what starts out in and second chord is a D, and the third chord is a C chord, okay and then the forth chord is a D again. And what I want you to remember also is if your playing four finger G chord remember that if you see a C and a chord it kind of like at Cadd9, it makes that easier transition.
Now if your playing a three finger G in this finger, this finger is the one going strings down and C is probably getting easy for them. So I like whatever G I’m playing, it really makes a difference as to what C chord I play. I used to play a four finger G see what has been playing the Cadd9, if I play the three finger G, I may play a regular C, it’s up to you guys.
All right, so it goes G to D then C to D, it really repeats that twice and the third time through it goes C to D and then it’s a D—two measure and “Do I look all right?” is a E minor “I say yes” C “You look wonderful” A “Tonight” G.
Okay, so I guess I’ll lay it through, actually here is the strum pattern I used long ago, down-down-down in your G switch to you’re D and play up-up-down-up-down-down-up switch back to your C down-down-up-down switch to the D again and play up-up-down-up-down-down-up. One thing that I want you guys to focus on is strum patterns don’t necessarily matter it’s just keeping the rhythm of the song.
So if I play all it on strums you’re going to play it on all strums or you can mixed in anything that you want. Some strum patterns are going to be easier for one person. One of my favorite is down-down-down-up-up-down-down-down-up they maybe really hard for somebody and it maybe easy for someone else.
So experiment through it in some strum patterns and listen to the songs so that you can keep the rhythm, all right. Also if you want those chords you want to pick, you kind of just picking between and I don’t have a time for this, so you’re not going to see one because I’m just making it up. if you want to see what I’m doing add a video on my website freeandeasyguitar.com called picking within chords. All it means is you have a G chord here, I’m just picking strings.
D chord, C chord back to a G., C the only thing I want you to focus on nice playing that video if you’re playing a G chord you’re base note is on the low E string, okay because it’s E, F, F#, G third fret and G note, it’s a G chord. You want to lead beginning of each chord you switch you want to make that first layer of base note. So G, okay C you play the fifth string, D with the fourth string and I explained all that.
All right, so here it is, I’m just kind of play through it and sing it so you guys can kind of feel for it, I haven’t practice this yet and so a little, let’s give it shot, hope it helps.
All right, that’s with the strumming I don’t really know a pattern I just kind of go with it you could also do the picking you know it’s like.
Okay, just like that I mean I’m not playing any specific pattern I’m just picking strings, okay. The only you are where you can mess it up if you’re in a D chord, you don’t want to pick the top two strings because technically they're not in a D chords you’re bar at four strings. For the rest of the chords you can pretty much pick any strings you want. But if you need more plays on that and then watch the video on the website called “Picking Within a Chords” and it’s under I for instructional picking the same chords.
That’s it guys! Good luck with this one and I’m not trying to offer you, we will make some more videos take care.