In the last blog we looked how suspended chords work and how you can spice up your chord progressions by using them.
Now we can start using them to play a well known song – Free Fallin’, by Tom Petty.
The great thing about this song like Bob Dylan is it only uses a few chords the whole way through.
The 3 chords that are used are Fmaj, Fsus4 and Cadd11
(don’t think about the add11 and why it’s called that at the moment – we’ll come onto compound intervals at a later date)
So using the previous blog on suspended chords you can work out the notes of F major and Fsus4 and understand how they work:
F contains F, A and C
Fsus4 contains F, Bb and C (the Bb causing the suspended sound)
Here are the 3 chords below:
In terms of your right hand and the timing here is the verse timing:
Here’s an audio clip of me playing it below and explaining the timing:
Now in the chorus’s they play something like this – this is a great strumming pattern as it uses a mixture of quavers, crotchets and semi-quavers:
Here’s an audio clip of me explaining how to play it for those not too comfortable with sight reading!
Have fun and thanks for reading and listening.
ROCK N ROLL
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