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A Place Out West: Verse 1 and 2

 

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Once the vocals are in, the story starts off with two verses right in a row. Both are played with the same chord progression, the only difference is in the arrangement and how our acoustic guitar is playing the chords. There is also one subtle change in the progression as well. Here are some key points to help you through it:

1. The hits from A to E are on the "and" of 3, as well as the "and" of 4.

2. The strumming/arpeggiated pattern during the first 3 measures of the first verse is the same as the intro, but breaks up once the chords change in the fourth measure onward.

3. The second time the verse is played, the second measure plays E only and the acoustic guitar strums

4. The B chord is played using a familiar open A chord shape with our capo. The A/B is played by simply playing the open A, D, G, and B and strings.

5. The A/B to B creates a nice pull towards the I chord, which is E. As opposed to simply playing A major to B major, this helps create a more interesting sound that also suites the song.

6. Make sure to keep the swing feel.

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