Son of a Preacher Man | Capo & No Capo Guitar Lesson

Son of a Preacher Man | Capo & No Capo Guitar Lesson

[Music] billy ray was the preacher’s son when his daddy would visit it’d come along when they gathered and started talking it’s when billy would take me walking through the backyard we’d go walk in and he’d look into my eyes lord knows to my surprise the only one who could ever reach me was the son of a preacher man the only boy who could ever teach me was the son of a preacher man is he all hey how you doing justin here today we are going to check out a few different ways of playing the son of a preacher man by dusty springfield and show you the kind of authentic way to play i guess which is in the key of e using the chords e a and b a little bit of d in the later part of the song for the key change we’ll talk about that a little bit more but we’re also going to check out different approaches to using a capo how you can play the same song in a few different keys by using the capo or using the capo to find the chords then taking the kappa off to change the key of the song it’s a really great song for checking out these kind of ideas so let’s get stuck in so the chord progression for the first couple of verses is an e chord for one bar then a for two beats and back to e for two beats and another bar of e two three four and then four bars of a b chord [Music] son when his a came walking he’d eat alone he when they gathered run and started talking b chords would take me walking second bar b would still go walking another bar of b would look into my eyes now the last bar to my surprise and never into the chorus which is going the e chord that could ever reach me [Music] [Music] to be so the chorus again so e for a whole bar [Music] a for two beats and e for two bits another full bar of e 2 3 for another a half a bar e for half a bar and half a bar of e half a bar b a 2 and we’re 3 another verse so the structure is verse chorus verse chorus and then there’s a bridge now in the bridge something funky happens which is a key change so actually the whole song moves up a fourth during the bridge so we end up when we come back to the choruses at the end we’re actually in a different key a fourth high that means the first chord instead of going to be an e it’s going to be an a so let’s check out the bridge and then how it goes into that new key so the end of the chorus is going the e to b now for the bridge it goes to a d for a whole bar first with nothing then the vocals start how well i [Music] stealing kisses from me on the slide b taking time to make time second bar will be telling me he’s all mine hey learning from each other’s knowing looking to see how much we’re growing and the only one who could ever reach me was the son of a preacher man we’re in the new uk now [Music] that’s a really interesting little situation we got going on here so again the bridge one bar of d with nothing then the vocals how well i remember eight that looked that was in his eyes the second barbate kisses for me on the slide b taking time to make time second bar of bae telling me is all mine learning from each other’s knowing looking to see how much we’ve grown and that now we’re in the chorus so you can see there the melody is the same relative the chords but we’re in a new key it’s not so common these days i don’t know exactly sure why to be honest it’s quite a good trick and it definitely lifts the song up a little bit you can feel the energy changes it does pose a few problems if you’re not a confident singer like me suddenly you’ve gone up a whole heap it’s a bit like oh is this still going to be in my range obviously not a problem for amazing singers like dusty springfield so before we get into the key changes stuff i want to talk a little bit about the rhythm which we haven’t even touched on yet there are lots of different options here the original recordings the guitar is quite sparse so you’ve got a lot of freedom here to try different things if you’re relatively new to guitar or you’re struggling with your rhythm you can definitely keep it super simple don’t be afraid of that okay sometimes simple rhythms are going to be better something like down down down down down down down down down as a starting point [Applause] it’s gonna work really well obviously simple one two three and four three and four if you start loosening it up [Music] as long as you’re keeping your hair moving you can start to add in a few upstrokes here and there starts to get a little bit more interesting the the key thing there is keeping the hair moving if you’re going to do that if you start with that basic pattern and just allow yourself to pop in some up strokes that should work pretty good i have got a set pattern that i’m going to show you as well i know a lot of people find it a bit awkward if i just say hey start with that simple one and just make it up it will come with time if you’re that person you’re like oh i can’t just do that don’t give up keep trying with a set simple pattern and then just allow yourself to try and free it up a little bit and add in a few strums and keep that moving once you’ve got used to the skill it’s relatively easy to apply to any song that you learn so it’s definitely one to keep on the burner if you’re still struggling but a set pattern if you want one nice one will be this one two e and a three and a one two e three [Music] do remember that the last up strum in that pattern is very likely to be open strings while you’re changing chords particularly a transition from like e to b you’re going to hit the open strings it’s totally fine everybody does it when they’re playing so it’s nothing to be afraid of you don’t have to try and jump to that chord super quick okay something i talk about quite a lot in my beginner’s course but in case you haven’t stumbled upon that particular lesson and you’re learning this song one thing you’re probably going to notice pretty quickly if you try and apply that strumming pattern is that many times the chord changes halfway along the bar now when that happens we don’t have a strum on beat three in that pattern what we have is the strum on the last sixteenth note of beat two and when that happens you would change chords there not afterwards so you’d end up with like the in the basic verse pattern you’d have that e [Music] a a e okay so we’ve got the chord change a for two down strums the rest would be on the e down up up down up down up down down up up down up down up down down up up down up down down down up up down up down up down down down down for that bit i probably resort to change the pattern up a little bit there just feels like it wants to be more just down strums on that bit but again you got to feel it out once you’re used to your hand moving consistently you probably won’t find it that difficult to change the strumming pattern a little bit for different sections it’s a very common thing to do much like a drummer would simplify patterns a little bit for different sections of the song or where there are different accents needed okay now i want to talk a little bit about simplifying the song by using the capo because a lot of people you know find a bit of a struggle there with the b chord do remember you know you can play the b like that i often play it with my little finger my third finger resting on the top some people prefer to play the b chord like that like it doesn’t really matter which one of those versions of the b you’re going to play you might find all of them different you’re like man i want to play this on but i don’t want to be playing it with the bar chord b well it’s actually a pretty simple solution and that is using the capo if we put a capo on the second fret instead of having an e chord as the first chord we’d now have a d chord now you can think of it if i take the capo for a second there’s a d if we move it up one there’s a d sharp there is an e okay so you can hear that e sounds the same okay instead of having an a chord you can use a g chord now that obviously my first finger is where the capo would be it sounds the same as the a you can see that there’s an a chord there just changing the grip of it a little bit and then the b chord well that’s just obviously it’s an a chord with the bar there the second fret so capo second fret there if i just get that always make sure you get the capo right up next to the fret there so now you’d have d one’s a preacher’s son when his g chord would visit he’d be alone we started talking hey go walk in stay on the air [Music] [Applause] [Music] g was now the bridge of that song then went to a d chord now the way that we get around the d chord now we change it to a c can you see that all of the chords have moved down one tone so the e has moved to a d so e e flat d the a chord moved to a g each one has moved down b moved to an a now we’ve got a d chord that would move to a c shape okay you can also if you just think again without the capo there’s a c c sharp d so it is you can clearly see that it is a d chord so that bridge you see this is [Music] not sure [Applause] [Applause] once you’re feeling confident playing it with the capo at the second fret and you understand this idea of changing the chords using the capo a really great exercise i’d like you to try is doing exactly the same thing but now with the capo at the seventh fret so i’m not changing the key i want the key to sound the same so the chord to still sound like the e chord but we’re gonna put a capo on the seventh fret so see if you can work that out it would be a really great exercise it’s a wonderful thing to do if you’re jamming with somebody if you if you’re feeling confident with these chords playing the b chord but you’re playing with a guitar player who’s not as confident with their barre chords you can pop a capo on there on the on the seventh fret or the second fret if you know how to do it you can transpose the song this capo stuff is also great if you want to change the key if i was finding that song a little bit too high which i wasn’t i was funny if anything a little bit too low but i can change the key of the song now so instead of doing the e b a thing i could now change it so that we’re starting on that d chord like we had the cap at the second fret but without a cap it’ll be lower billy ray was a preacher’s son and when his daddy would visit he’d come along when they gathered around and started talking it’s when billy would solo preacher man now you might ask then why would i want to change the key then and you know transpose it down i could just use a kappa or i could use a capo lots of other ways the reason that sometimes you want to change the chords that you use is because of the different variations and the different embellishments you can add for particular chord shapes you might find that you favor some more than others so there are lots of different reasons to explore using different chord shapes to play the same songs as well as transposing sometimes it’s just a funky thing to try out nearly forgot to explain the intro there i did promise earlier now the intro only works if you’re playing it in the key of e using the eb and the a thing because it uses open string so it won’t work with the capo just to warn you in advance but let’s go and check it out [Music] that’s really nice isn’t it so second finger eleventh fret fourth string third finger eleventh fret on the second string you’re gonna play them both together and slide them up one fret so you’re probably gonna i’m using picking a finger there okay then we’re gonna play the thinnest string and now littlefinger is going to play a harmonic if you’re not familiar with harmonics there’s plenty of lessons over on the site about doing that you basically touch the string very lightly if you press it down hard you get the note if you press very softly you get a harm on it they ring longer okay worth noting that the slide onto the 12th fret is the beat so three four e and a one e and two three four then this is the same shape tenth fret sliding down to the ninth then the open string again sometimes i play the thickest string after that but that’s not on the record so three four e and a one e and a two three four one e and a two three four e and a one e and a two three four one here sometimes i a little second fret to fourth fret hammer on before going to the e chord just kind of sounds cool also worth noting that you use the same riff with a different timing in the instrumental section after the first chorus but i’ll leave you to have a listen and suss that out on your own obviously this lesson got a little bit more involved than a standard song lesson going into all of the transposing and using the capo stuff but those things are really great skills to get in your toolkit if you can play the same chords using different grips things get real interesting and do go and check out my chord shape explorer module over on the website where i talk about all of the different variations of the different chord shapes and why you might want to choose some over others and yeah all the different ornaments that kind of live in each one that often don’t work with other chord shapes that’s kind of the point of all of that as well as the transposing part anyway really hope you enjoyed this one do remember we got a great new song request board over on justineguitar.com forward slash songs where you can request songs vote on which ones i’m going to be filming up next so i’ll see you plenty more very soon you’ll take care of yourselves bye-bye
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