Guitar Lesson 23: Arranging songs to suit your setup – Times Like These, Message in a Bottle and Purple Rain
In guitar lesson 23, I ask Dan to give me some pointers on how to arrange songs for a three piece band, with a particular focus on some tunes I want to play with some friends. First, Dan shows me some ideas for Times Like These by the Foo Fighters to increase the interest in the rhythm playing so that it works well with the melody. He also gives me some thoughts about dynamics and harmonising the chorus. Next we look at Message in Bottle and how to augment the famous riff with a second guitar part. Finally, Dan takes me through his arrangement of Purple Rain which has some chimey chords and licks. We finish with the solo.
If you’d like to check out Dan Davies performing Purple Rain, then see the video below: it has some interesting double time shred guitar:
Keep listening for more great lessons and ideas from Tune in, Tone up! Lessons coming up on how best to practise, some advice with some songs for Gary (includes Times Like These and Purple Rain) and some further lessons to assist you in playing the Blues….
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Gary and Dan – Tune in, Tone up!