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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Here's That Rainy Day

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[MUSIC]
This is a tune
that's really popular with jazz guitar
players, has been for quite a long time.
There's, there's some very wonderful jazz
guitar versions of this,
Wes Montgomery Joe Pass.
Well, I think just about every jazz guitar
player has recorded this at,
at some point.
And I thought it would be a really
interesting one for
us to do, us, to, to work on together as a
guided arrangement.
Because there's so many different ways
that we can play this one and
both rhythmically and harmonically.
And there's lots of different chord
substitutions we can do.
So I'll, I'll quick, I'll run through it
during this to, to start with.
With, with I'll just give you a kind of a
feel of it.
As I said, there's so many ways to do it,
but just to get so we get.
I always call it the musical geography, so
we know where we are and
where we're going.
And, as I said,
these are not the definitive chords that
I'm going to be playing.
But they're just they're just simple
chords,
they're just to get us started, really.
So I'll start with this and
I'll give you, I'll play a very simple
chord melody arrangement just to.
So you get the feel of it too, but I say
it can be played as a ballad,
it can be played in kind of straight-edge
four, four.
Lot of people it as a bassanova, there's
lot of things we can do.
But this is basically it, anyway.
It's in the key of G.
Here's That Rainy Day.
[MUSIC]
So as I say, sometimes, you could be
playing it as a four, four.
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We can play it as a bossa nova.
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So there's, there's a few ways we can play
it.
But that's just the, the basic geography.
Let's start working on our seven steps to
getting this way.
Our, our seven steps to heaven, I think we
should call this.
[LAUGH] So we're gonna start off.
With the melody, so here's just the, the
basic melody so
you always refer back to this if you're
not sure of the melody.
I'm not going to play it in time, but just
you can always refer back to this if you
say, oh was that, was that a, a B-flat in
the melody or was it, it a B-natural.
You can always refer back to this.
So, so here we are in G.
[MUSIC]
And again.
[MUSIC]
So there you are, that's the melody in its
simplest form.
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Now let's play some chords.
Now to say they're not the definitive
chords.
These are just very simple chords.
And let's start with, first of all there's
most of the time, it's,
it's there's four beats to the bar, so,
it's, the chords change every bar,
there's a couple of split bars and I'll
point those out to you.
But first we'll start off, we start off
with G-major seventh.
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Then B-flat seventh.
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Then E-flat major seventh.
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A-flat major seventh.
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A-minor seventh.
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D seventh.
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G-major seventh, split bar.
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D-minor seventh.
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G seventh.
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C-minor seventh.
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G seventh.
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B-flat major seventh.
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E-flat major seventh.
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A-minor seventh.
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D sevenths, split bars.
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And so
that's a B-minor seventh to E seventh.
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A-minor, A-minor seventh to D seventh.
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And then we have G, then we,
we go through that again.
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G major seventh.
I, I'm playing it different ways,
sometimes I play it like that,
sometimes I play it like that
[MUSIC]
You can play it like that.
[MUSIC]
You know.
There's different versions.
The, it's not important.
That's, that's what the chord is.
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G-major seventh.
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B-flat major B-flat seventh.
E-flat major seventh.
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A-flat major seventh.
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A-minor seventh.
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D seventh.
[MUSIC]
G-major seventh split bar.
[MUSIC]
D-minor seventh.
G seventh.
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Then these are all split bars.
[MUSIC]
So split bars here we have.
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C-minor seventh.
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B-minor seventh.
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A-minor seventh.
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D-seventh.
[MUSIC]
G sorry, B-minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
E-minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
A seventh, so we go up 13th.
We can make, to, to a B-flat.
We can make a B-flat seventh or like a
diminished chord.
B-minor seventh, B-flat seventh, A-minor
seventh, D seventh, G.
So that's our step two.
Step one melody, step two the chords.
Let's, let's voice these chords so that we
get the melody on the top so
that we have a block chord melody.
[MUSIC]
It's quite good to get that harmonic in
there you can't stretch.
[MUSIC]
As I've said before, this is very often,
step three is where a lot of guitar
players stop.
They don't take it any further than that.
So to take it further, what we need to do
now is go backwards.
We need to go backwards in order to go
forwards,
we need to strip it down to just two notes
at a time.
So step four, all we're going to play.
Don't worry about the chords.
Don't think about whether it's a, a major
seventh,
minor seventh or what, whatever chord it
is.
Don't worry about that.
I only want you to play the melody on the
top and the root note at the bottom.
So we have this, but always remember, bear
in mind what the chord is.
So we have.
[MUSIC]
I elaborated that a little bit sorry about
that. [LAUGH]
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[LAUGH]
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