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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Lulu's Back In Town

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[MUSIC]
I thought it would be a really good idea,
for a guided arrangement to play a real
golden oldie.
This is a very, very old tune called
Lulu's Back in Town, and
it's a really fun, fun tune to play.
There's lots of kind of things we, we can
do with this.
Before, we start working on all the, the
different steps that were gonna go through
I'll quickly play, play something for you
just to give you a feel of it.
So it's, it's this kind of feel.
[MUSIC]
It's that kinda golden oldie feel.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
But there's lots of things we can do with
this, so here's the melody.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So,
now, let's get working on Lulu's Back in
Town.
Let's start with step one, you remember
that one?
This is just with the melody.
So, this is the melody.
[MUSIC]
Go to the middle part.
[MUSIC]
2, 3, 4, 1.
[MUSIC]
Back to the A section.
[MUSIC]
So, there you go.
[LAUGH] Let's get onto the step two, and
there's lots of different chord
substitutions and ideas that we can have,
but
I've just come up with something that's
pretty straightforward, first of all.
So, these are, these are split bars.
By that, I mean there's two beats on each
bar.
So, 1, 2, 3, 4.
[MUSIC]
It's that kind of feel.
[MUSIC]
So, that's F sharp minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
It's a descending.
[MUSIC]
F sharp, minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
F minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
E minor seventh to D.
[MUSIC]
So, that's two bars.
And again.
[MUSIC]
F sharp, minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
F minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
E minor seventh.
[MUSIC]
D.
Then we go G.
[MUSIC]
F G sharp diminished,
we play a D with an A base.
[MUSIC]
E seventh,
an E seventh, or E ninth actually.
[MUSIC]
A seventh.
And again.
[MUSIC]
E seventh, D, G, D-sharp diminished.
D with an A bass.
[MUSIC]
B seventh and then this,
this time we play.
[MUSIC]
E seventh.
E so E minor seventh, A seventh to, to a
D.
[MUSIC]
D seventh.
Then we go into the middle section.
G, G-sharp diminished, D over with an A
bass.
[MUSIC]
D seventh.
[MUSIC]
Again.
[MUSIC]
Again, G, G-sharp diminished,
D with an A base, D B seventh.
[MUSIC]
Either E seventh or E ninth.
[MUSIC]
For a bar.
A seventh for a bar, and then we go back
to the beginning again
descending from F-sharp minor, F minor, E,
E minor, D.
Again.
[MUSIC]
Then G, G-sharp diminished,
A with a D with an A bass, B seventh.
[MUSIC]
E seventh or E nine.
[MUSIC]
A seventh.
[MUSIC]
To a D.
Okay?
So, now lets try and put that together as
a chord melody.
So, we have this, this is a good, you know
if you play a, a minor chord like this,
like an F sharp minor chord.
[MUSIC]
It's good to voice it this way,
very often, is to.
[MUSIC].
So, that's.
[MUSIC]
So, I've got the F-sharp,
A, E, and A on there.
And we're gonna discern that
[MUSIC].
And we can, we can make that a major
seventh.
A D major seventh.
So, we're gonna get this, lets play the
melody on the top, with the chords
[MUSIC]
We can put an augmented in there,
as a sharpened fifth.
[MUSIC]
And again.
[MUSIC]
Now, now I was playing a G down here.
[MUSIC]
G-sharp diminished.
[MUSIC]
Because the melody's up at the top,
we're gonna have to play it higher.
So, I'm playing.
[MUSIC]
The G major seventh.
We can actually substitute this.
[MUSIC]
And instead of playing the G-sharp
diminished, we can play, an a G-sharp
major seventh, to a C sharp seventh.
[MUSIC]
That's a nice D chord.
[MUSIC]
That's six in there.
[MUSIC]
So, there we go.
That's our chord melody.
[MUSIC]