Lesson 5 – Chords, Arpeggios, and Drones, Oh My!

Obama’s March to the White House is a beautiful and emotive song. First of all, try to find the little “tag” that it uses to end the A and the B part. I like to find these and embellish them. Then, think about where you can finger on one string and just let the next open string ring along. These make for easy chords and they work often! Example: in measure 2, you can play open D along with the melody. (It’s a D chord) You can often let G ring when you play on D (when it’s over a G chord). Your ear will tell you right from wrong here…trust us!

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