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We begin this lesson by looking at the C Major scale, then Dan explains how we can create melody over a chord by adding notes to chords in that key. We work through chords with added notes in a simple progression and build an interesting melody. This useful technique adds flavour to chord progressions and will be a useful tool for songwriting and being creative.
We then turn our attention to “All Along the Watchtower” by Dylan, although talking through Dan’s thoughts about how to build the atmosphere of Hendrix’s version into the Am/C key which Bob Dylan wrote the song in. Dan gives some useful Hendrix techniques and fills to add interest to the song. Hendrix played it in Cmin although he was actually playing in C# minor and his guitar was de-tuned a semitone – meaning that he could use the open strings with his chords.
Finally, after some discussion around these harmonic methods, we analyse and build some fills and other ideas into a version of “Like a Rolling Stone”, also by Dylan, which results in a fluid and melodic version. The chords for this song are: C Dm7 C/E F G7
I found this lesson incredibly useful and insightful about how to complement other instruments in a band setting and how to build some more advanced method into my rhythm playing to make it sound exciting and develop the dynamics in my playing. I will be studying this lesson repeatedly in order to crack the Hendrix fills and techniques and gain confidence in how to play melodies over chords. I also intend to use some of the theory discussed to analyse other songs as I teach myself how to play them and to include ascending and descending melodies and bass lines.
Good luck and let me know if you are finding these blogs useful, what you would like to see more of in them and anything you can think would be good for either this blog or the podcast itself. Happy strumming! 🙂
All Along The Watchtower [Verse 1] Am G F G Am G F G "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief, Am G F G Am G F G "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief. Am G F G Am G F G Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth, Am G F G Am G F G None of them along the line know what any of it is worth." Am G F G Am G F G Am G F G Am G F G Am [Verse 2] Am G F G Am G F G "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, Am G F G Am G F G "There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. Am G F G Am G F G But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate, Am G F G Am G F G So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late." [Verse 3] Am G F G Am G F G All along the watchtower, princes kept the view Am G F G Am G F G While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Am G F G Am G F G Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl, Am G F G Am G F G Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.
Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited [Intro] C Csus4 C Csus4 C Csus4 C Csus4 [Verse] C Dm Once upon a time you dressed so fine Em F G You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you? C Dm People'd call, say, "Beware doll, Em F G you're bound to fall" You thought they were all kiddin' you F G You used to laugh about F G Everybody that was hangin' out F Em Dm C Now you don't talk so loud F Em Dm C Now you don't seem so proud Dm F G About having to be scrounging for your next meal. [Chorus] C F G How does it feel C F G How does it feel C F G To be without a home C F G Like a complete unknown C F G Like a rolling stone [Instrumental] C F G [Verse] C Dm Em Aww, You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely F G But you know you only used to get juiced in it C Dm Em Nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street F G And now you're gonna have to get used to it F G You said you'd never compromise F G With the mystery tramp, but now you realize F Em Dm C He's not selling any alibis F Em Dm C As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes Dm F G And say do you want to make a deal? [Chorus] C F G How does it feel C F G How does it feel C F G To be on your own C F G With no direction home C F G Like a complete unknown C F G Like a rolling stone [Instrumental] C F G [Verse] C Dm Em Aww, You never turned around to see the frowns F G On the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you C Dm You never understood that it ain't no good Em F G You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you F G You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat F G Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat F Em Dm C Ain't it hard when you discover that F Em Dm C He really wasn't where it's at Dm F G After he took from you everything he could steal. [Chorus] C F G How does it feel C F G How does it feel C F G To be on your own C F G With no direction home C F G Like a complete unknown C F G Like a rolling stone [Instrumental] C F G [Verse] C Dm Em Aww, Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people F G They're all drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made C Dm Em Exchanging all precious gifts F G But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe F G You used to be so amused F G At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used F Em Dm C Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse F Em Dm C When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose Dm F G You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal. [Chorus] C F G How does it feel C F G How does it feel C F G To be on your own C F G With no direction home C F G Like a complete unknown C F G Like a rolling stone [Instrumental] C F G