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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 04:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey, I'm learning how to play the guitar, and I need some help...

Are there Queen songs featuring ONLY the following chords?

A major
A minor
C major
D major
D minor
E major
E minor
F major
G major

I'm supposed to know all those 9 chords before starting next lesson, but it's so boring (and not effective to learn) just playing the chords randomly. And I don't know the songs suggested by the lessons, so there's no point in trying to play them. :-P

Not to mention it would be great to learn with Queen. ;-P

Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 06:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great King Rat (up until the guitar solo section at the end) springs to mind.


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 06:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Las Palabra De Amor. And learn Bb Major and you'll have Crazy Little Thing.

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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 09:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Add B major to your repertoire and I'm In Love With My Car is yours!

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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 09:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When I started learning guitar I also searched the internet for playable Queen tunes. Unfortunately, most Queen tunes are too advanced to play on the guitar with just open chords. There are a few, Las Palabras, She Makes Me, Someday One Day, if I'm not mistaken, spring to mind, but most tunes include some non-open chord making it not very suitable for the true beginner.

One tune that is nice to play, though, is I'm In Love With My Car. Instead of playing the C and B chords during the bridge you can hammer the low E string on the 8th and 7th fret respectively, which will sound good enough.

Good luck!


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 11:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

very true about the open chords - that is due to alot of Queen tunes being written on Piano

pity your not after Bon jovi songs




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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 11:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="lime">KillerKing840 wrote:

I'm supposed to know all those 9 chords before starting next lesson, but it's so boring (and not effective to learn) just playing the chords randomly. And I don't know the songs suggested by the lessons, so there's no point in trying to play them. :-P
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Play those chords, and study them. Each time you play a chord, say its name and try to find nice chord progressions.
And don't be restricted to what your teacher teach. You can learn more chords, and you can start now!

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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 14:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Try '39. Lots of open chords like you want. Just don't try to play it as it is...just play the chord progressions. After the first intro, here is the main introductory theme:

G
D
Em
C
G
D
C
G
G
D
Em
C
Cmaj7
D
G

That intro should keep you busy for a while. It's good to learn because it's not a set pattern, and you won't keep going from the same chord to the next same chord...it's almost random. Good luck!

Note: Cmaj7 x3200x


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 14:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks everybody!

And Onikage... I'm learning by myself, getting lessons on the internet. So I can get the chords anytime I want, but I should've learnt the first 3 chords on the first week, now I should be learning the next 3, and only in a week I should learn more 3, then I would know all those 9 chords, but I decided to do the other parts of the first 3 lessons and only now I want to learn those chords, so that I can move to next lesson and learn about those "power chords", or whatever they're called. Anyway, thanks for the hint! :-)

Ahh, one more thing... Zaiga mentioned I should "hammer" a string, and on some tabs I found I'm supposed to do the same... What exactly does that mean?


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 14:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="lime">KillerKing840 wrote:

Thanks everybody!

And Onikage... I'm learning by myself, getting lessons on the internet. So I can get the chords anytime I want, but I should've learnt the first 3 chords on the first week, now I should be learning the next 3, and only in a week I should learn more 3, then I would know all those 9 chords, but I decided to do the other parts of the first 3 lessons and only now I want to learn those chords, so that I can move to next lesson and learn about those "power chords", or whatever they're called. Anyway, thanks for the hint! :-)

Ahh, one more thing... Zaiga mentioned I should "hammer" a string, and on some tabs I found I'm supposed to do the same... What exactly does that mean?


A hammer-on is when you pick a note...say, an E on the 5th fret of the second string, and then, for example, with your ring finger, hit the 7th fret of the same string without picking it. It should produce an F# note, as if you picked it normally.

Something else you should know, in the same type of thing, is a pull-off. It's basically the opposite of that. You pick the 7th fret with your ring finger, then pull your finger off the fret while your index finger is on the 5th fret. It would sound just as if you picked it.

These techniques are for reducing the amount of times you use your picking hand, and to give a sense of legato. They can be used with any combination of frets, as long as it's on the same string and you can reach!


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 15:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks a lot, man!


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 15:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the answer to the original question might be

Say It's Not True

Suggesting other chords to learn is unhelpful - obviously that will happen as he/she progresses, but a Queen song was requested.

Not sure if Calling All Girls wouldn't also satisfy the request.

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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 15:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Take a look at here

http://www.cyberfret.com/techniques/index.php

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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 15:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You could also have the intro to Since You've Been Gone & Imagine, which are more fun to play than playing chords in order

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Posted: 17 Aug 06, 04:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks a lot, Onikage (saved the link!) and P_G! I'll go for SINT when I'm able to play IILWMC decently (it already helped me memorize Em, G, D and C).


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