How To Play Crazy By Gnarls Barkley

Check out How To Play Crazy By Gnarls Barkley – Acoustic Guitar Friendly Version from Guitar Control instructor Sean Daniel. With the step by step video instructions and the included song chart (just click the link) you will be rockin’ Crazy by Gnarls Barkley tonight!

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What’s going on everybody? Sean Daniel with guitar control here getting crazy today learning the Gnarls Barkley song Crazy. It’s a super crowd pleaser of a song and every time we played this live it always gets a good reaction. Really easy and fun one to play because we’re doing in a kind of an interesting acoustic arrangement of it that goes beyond just the open chords. So make sure you click the link below to grab the chords to go along with How To Play Crazy By Gnarls Barkley. We’ll talk a little bit about how to inflect those to kind of grab different elements of the song and just kind of make it an acoustic guitar friendly experience for you.

Crazy Chords

So first of all we need for How To Play Crazy By Gnarls Barkley is to be in standard tuning with a capo on the third fret. So the first chord is gonna be A minor; pointer finger first fret on the B string, ring finger 2nd fret on the G string and middle finger 2nd fret on the D string. When I say 2nd fret I’m definitely talking about relative to the capo; so even though this is an A minor shape remember that capo is on the 3rd fret so that chord is gonna be 3 frets higher and if you’re talking to another musician this is really a one fret higher than A is A sharp, then B… see this is actually a C minor chord without the capo. So this is in the key of C minor pretty much and eventually the whole thing is gonna sound like this… So again we’re starting on the A minor and now we’re just gonna go through the chords. First there’s only really four chords in the verse progression and the chorus, which is really the same thing; A minor and C but you got if you just take that A minor, pro-tip all you have to do is move your ring finger from the G string to the third fret of the A string like that and then we’re gonna make an F chord after this we’re gonna use maybe not your granddaddy’s F chord but the only F chord that I generally play. If you put your pinkie behind your ring finger third fret on the D string with your middle finger down and then if you just aim for the middle four strings that’s an easier way to play F instead of a barre chord F. I’m playing a lot of Barre chords which may be tricky for you, this one is just as good and then from here we’re gonna go to E major, but before we go to E major your pinkie is gonna be on the second fret of the G string thus making it what’s called an E suspended four chord and then we’re gonna go back and forth from this suspending chord.


Okay now the strumming for How To Play Crazy By Gnarls Barkley you can do it just like an easy way to do it be like this… which is fine especially if you’re trying to sing along and maybe this is your way to do it, but the way I like doing it is incorporating a little bit of the melody into it… So we’re just doing a couple different variations of these chords which I think is a kind of a cool sounding thing. It may be just a way for you to experiment with any of these chords in just different way. So we start out for the A minor and now all I want to do is take your pointer finger and we’re kind of jumping on and off that B string and eventually maybe adding the third. So if we do that over any minor chord and then right here when you put your pinky here what ends up being a D relative to the capo it kind of leads us nicely into this C major chord. I’m focusing and just strumming focusing the stroke of my fingers on the higher melody part of the chord to kind of get the vibe of what the vocals are doing. If you’re singing to play at the same time it can be kind of a cool thing to add to help you keep the rhythm or to accompany a singer that you’re playing with.

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