A friend shared this video with me recently and it’s a real winner. Who would have thought that watching someone string a guitar for 20 minutes could be so riveting? Joe teaches with the zest and gusto of a feisty Italian grandmother passing down a family recipe (I know, I have one). Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
BORN TO RUN
you and me baby we just got to get away
cos the people round here don’t see it our way
got the car all packed, no time to waste
if we leave right now we could make it by daybreak
i never needed anyone but you
and i know sometimes it don’t seem like i do
but the fire in my heart, well it burns real true
i just can’t sleep on a dream i’m due
and the truth it hurts
and the lies don’t work
and the good goes bad
and the bad comes back
and the kids grow old
and the old folks pass
if you’re born to run
better do it fast
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“One chord is fine, two chords is pushing it, and three chords is jazz.” – Lou Reed
Here’s a cool riff in E… Just one chord.
The kind of riffs I like best are what I’ll call “rolling riffs”. They have a circular quality, which means you can play them on loop and never tire of them. They’re addictive.
Also, each riff has a personality. When you play it, it’s almost as if the two of you are hanging out together.
Now, about this riff. This is the kind of riff that you’d want with you in a street fight. It’s tough, but not without a sense of humor. You’ve got to earn this riff’s company. Once you do, it’s fiercely loyal.
Make that low E blare like a siren and those high strings cut like a blade.
Here’s a video explaining my version of “Can Ya Hear The Music” by The Rolling Stones.
But really, it’s more about playing songs you like in your own way. ENJOY.
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The vid lesson on how to play “Ain’t It Good” was fun. But I made some mistakes. Apparently I did not teach how to really play the chorus. And I bungled some stuff on the chord chart. Here in pt 2 I explain that stuff.
Update! This chart has an error in the Funky C. G string should be middle finger on the SECOND fret. Not third. For a full explanation and also a more detailed walk through how to play the chorus, watch Part 2 of the vid lesson.