In this free lesson from Guitar Control, instructor Darrin Goodman demonstrates how to play Blown Away by Carrie Underwood. Be sure to get the free tabs so you can easily follow along with this modern Carrie Underwood classic.
Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today we’re going to get our country on with a extremely easy simple song, it doesn’t come much easier than this. This song has only got three chords for everything, it’s just all the same, it just rhythmically changes and we’re going to do kind of an acoustic guitar rendition of this so we’re going to kind of add some stuff to kind of differentiate those parts since we don’t have other instruments playing. So the song we’re going to be looking at is Blown Away by Carrie Underwood and like I said it’s only got three chords so it’s pretty simple. So click on that link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at How To Play Blown Away By Carrie Underwood.
Blown Away Chords
All right so the first thing for How To Play Blown Away By Carrie Underwood let’s just take a look at the three chords we have here. So we have A minor; A string is open, I’m on the second fret of the D string with my second finger and the second fret of the G string with my third finger, first fret of the B string with my first finger and the high E is open. Then our next chord is C so all we have to do to transition from A minor to C is just take our third finger and move it from the second fret of the G string to the third fret of the A string and we still don’t play the low E in this either. Then we go from there to a G; so I’m on the third fret of the low E with my second finger, second fret of the A string with my first finger, the D and G strings are open, I’m on the third fret of the B string with my third finger and the third fret of the high E with my fourth finger. All right so like I said those are the three chords for the for Blown Away by Carrie Underwood.
Blown Away Intro
So for the intro of How To Play Blown Away By Carrie Underwood we’re just gonna do whole notes with these; so we have a whole measure of a minor A, whole measure of C and then two measures of B, but on the G we’re only going to strum on the first measure and let it ring out through the second one. So we’re gonna starting with A minor we have one two three four, C two, three, four and then G two, three, four, one, two, three, four…
All right from then from there we go into the verse for Blown Away by Carrie Underwood and again it’s the same chords in the same order for the same duration, but the only difference is now is that if you listen to the original song on the verse it’s just one strokes, but there’s other instruments being played so it’s kind of boring when you’re playing by yourself as the player to play that and as the listener is kind of boring too because there’s nothing really going on so what I like to do here is arpeggiate this up a little bit so I’m back on the A minor and I’m just simply going strings you know I’m going 5 4 3 2 1 2 3 4. So I start starting on the A string it’s down; D down, G down, B down and then E up B up… and we switch to a C and do the same thing, now I switch to a G and the difference here is now we’re starting on the low E and we’re going E A D G all down; so down down down down and then we’re skipping over the B string to the high E and we start back the other way. So here we’re going string six five four three and then jumping up one two three four and we do that two measures of that and then the whole thing repeats… and then from there that leads us into the chorus for Blown Away by Carrie Underwood.
So again same chords, same duration and we’re going to change the rhythm up again, just you know to separate these parts. So this here we’re just going to be strumming and we’re just going to be doing it as eighth notes. So it’s just you know one two three and four, but what I like to do is put an accent on one and three, so it’s like… Obviously you’re not going to put that much emphasis on it when you’re playing, it’s more like… and that’s the uh the chorus. So this song is just in standard tuning by the way, you can play right along with the original Carry Underwood version. Now you can also change up the rhythm to just however you want to do it. If you’re really a beginner and doing the arpeggiate thing you’re having troubles with that you could literally you just do the original for the verse and when it comes to the chorus you don’t even have to necessarily put that emphasis on that the downbeat of one and three, again that’s just kind of my take on it and I like the way that sounds, it’s pretty similar to how they’re actually playing it on the original as far as the chorus goes. So you know you can kind of change it to whatever you wanted, you could do a complete finger style rendition of this… whatever you want to just kind of make it your own. That’s what’s nice about songs like this is it’s very minimalist, there isn’t anything complicated about it at all and it’s extremely repetitive; yet this was like a really popular song, just because something simple doesn’t mean that it’s good or just because something’s complicated doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good either, it’s all kind of what your ears like and what you like to hear… Anyway take that one and have fun with it and try to make it your own.
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