Monthly Archives: July 2015

Santa Fe Flats. Wednesdays, 6-9. On the patio. Great newmex food and live music. 

The Making Of The God Only Knows Video

This You Tube video was sensational. A great idea and an all star cast.

 

The Video:

 

Behind the scenes:

 

In case you don’t recognize all 29 acts in the video — and who would — here’s a list of all of them, in order of their appearance:

  1. Martin James
  2. Pharrell Williams
  3. Emeli Sande
  4. Elton John
  5. Lorde
  6. Chris Martin
  7. Brian Wilson
  8. Florence Welch
  9. Kylie Minogue
  10. Stevie Wonder
  11. Eliza Carthy
  12. Nicola Benedetti
  13. Jools Holland
  14. Brian May
  15. Jake Bugg
  16. Katie Derham
  17. Lauren Laverne
  18. Gareth Malone
  19. Alison Balsom
  20. One Direction
  21. Zane Lowe
  22. Jaz Dhami
  23. Paloma Faith
  24. Chrissie Hynde
  25. Jamie Cullum
  26. Baaba Maal
  27. Danielle de Niese
  28. Dave Grohl
  29. Sam Smith

    Photos and Bios of the All Star Cast

Learning The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

I have been learning how to play The Chain by Fleetwood Mac from the album Rumours. The chain is a good song to learn and discuss  because it has many elements that can cause confusion when someone is trying to learn by ear. First, there are actually two guitar tracks so it is hard to decide which part to play. The part that is predominant to my ear may not be to someone else learning the song. Second, Lyndsey Buckingham uses an altered tuning on this tune. His sixth string is tuned down to D. This is known as Drop D tuning. If you do not know that before hand it can be rather frustrating. And third, He uses a capo on the second fret to raise the key a whole step. Again, if you do not know this it can be confusing and frustrating.

I have a process I use when learning songs. First, I try to learn it by ear. It is good ear training and it is fun to see how accurate I can get it. There are several tools I use when learning songs. First, I try to find the song on Spotify or Itunes. After I find the tune I import it into an app called The Amazing Slow Downer. With this app I can slow the song down, I can loop, and dissect the song piece by piece. Also, I can pan the mix hard left or hard right. Some songs have guitar parts mixed hard left or right, especially older songs. If I have problems learning the song after that, I will find the sheet music. If it is not in my collection, I will visit musicnotes.com. Their sheet music is usually accurate. A lot of the free tabs online are not accurate. But, we get what we pay for… or don’t pay for.

After playing around with The Chain I went on Spotify to see if I could find a live version so I could observe Lyndsey playing it with just one guitar. Sure enough, there is a live version from the live album called The Dance. I also found Fleetwood Mac performing this song on You Tube from their tour of the same name. Lyndsey played it quite differently than the studio version on Rumours. One big change was he had no capo and did the song a whole step lower than the original.

The Chain is cool because it can be performed as a solo piece on acoustic guitar. It has it’s roots in folk music. It can also be played in a rock band. The Chain is a great song and a pleasure to play.