I remember when I started out, the concept of figuring out which chords made up any given song seemed like an impossible task. So much so that I rarely, if ever, tried. As I progressed as a guitarist – wanting to try new things – I finally gave it a shot only to find it was never as hard as I thought.
My biggest fear about trying to find the right chords to fit into any given song was how I would even know when I had the right key. The answer to that, I’ve found, is through trial and error; it’s not a terrible thing to make mistakes to learn something new.
My homework task this week was to locate the keys of a few songs and here’s what I found:
U2 – “All I Want Is You” – Ab
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Turn Into” – G
Ron Sexsmith – “These Days” – E
St. Vincent – “Marry Me” – C
The idea of finding the right chords is simply finding the right key – playing the chords of that key and hearing what “fits” – and what doesn’t. It’s not a scary hurdle to clear and once you’ve done it by yourself, it’s actually quite fun.
Add more to it by picking your own favourite songs to figure out.