Hey, how’s it going this is Darren Goodman with Guitar Control, I want to show you how to play the little intro riff from “Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showmen soundtrack. It’s kind of a cool sound riff everybody’s know all about this soundtrack right now on stuff. It’s a fun little thing to play especially if you’re beginner and you’re just getting into guitar playing chords and stuff.
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You could play this with a pick, but I prefer to play it with my fingers just because I think it’s a little bit easier to be accurate on the strings that you’re picking because there’s a part in here that we have to skip over a string and when you’re doing the pick it’s just a little bit more difficult.
We’re starting off on the 12th fret of the 3rd string and the 12th fret of the 2nd string, I’m going to barre this and use my middle finger. The reason why I’m using my middle finger is because of the transition that comes after this. So barre across there, and I’m going to play the 3rd string with my thumb and play the 2nd string with my first finger and it is all made up of 8th notes so one measure long for each position that we’re doing.
Starting with the thumb we’re going 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, so it’s counted 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and the tempo of this is actually pretty quick. At first work on it really slow and try to build up your speed, so if we did a pace about one and two and three and four and that’s going to be that fast enough.
Then for the next major, we’re going take your middle finger and move from the 12th fret down a half step to the 11th fret and then take your first finger and go to the 10th fret on the 2nd string and you’re going to do the exact same rhythm again 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then we go to the 9th fret of the 3rd string and use my first finger and the 10th fret of the 1st string with my second finger. That 2nd string, we’re not going to be playing it so my thumb’s playing the 3rd string and my second finger is playing the 1st string 1 and 2 and 3 and 4.
From there we’re going to take our first finger and move to the 4th string of the 10th fret and then the 12th fret of the 3rd string with your third finger. Now will be playing some notes on the 2nd string, something I found that makes this easier especially if you’re doing on your acoustic guitar because once you get up in here you know this area were the action starts to get a little bit higher at least.
I’m going to take my first finger and barre across and push that 2nd string down, a little bit closer and easier to manage. Starting on the 4th string with your thumb one-and two-and and then you use your fourth finger to go to the 13th fret of the 2nd string thumbs still playing 4th string 3rd and now your first finger is going to pick the 2nd string and move your fourth finger down a half step. So now you’re on the 12th fret pick the 4th string again and the 2nd string so long 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and so that is the first four measures we’re half way we’re halfway through it so far we’ve got.
Moving along to the fifth measure we’re going to go back to the very 1st chord. We’re going to go back and barre our middle finger across the 12th fret of the 3rd and 2nd string. Do the same thing on the fifth measure exactly the same thing as the first measure 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then move down just like we did before. So we will be on the 11th fret of the 3rd string with our second finger and the 10th fret of the 2nd string with our first finger, but this time we’re going to borrow it and we’re also getting the 10th fret of the 1st string and we’re going to go 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 1, and then back to that 3rd string again and then follow that by taking your third finger going to the 12th fret and picking it again so that’s sixth measure
Then we’re going to this 7th major and it’s actually the same thing as the 4th major where your 10th fret of the 4th string with your third finger and 12th fret of the 3rd string with your third finger, but this time we’re not going to be doing any of that stuff down on the 2nd string so it’s just two measures 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 in and then the whole thing simply repeats so the whole sequence slowly whoops all right so that’s sixth measure is a little bit tricky when you have to do the so that transition there the best way to do that is that your second finger is on the 11th fret and your first finger is on the 10th so when you transition from the sixth measure to the 7th major is that you just move your first finger up to the 4th string and the drop your 3rd down like that.
Now work on it slowly and try to build up your speed, a really good way to do that would be to set up your metronome and if you’re kind of new to playing with a metronome you’re going to probably set it up like that. So you would actually be playing quarter notes, the click happens on every note that you play. You would have click, click, click, like that but if you do it as 8th notes then the clicks would be on the notes you play with your thumb and the other notes would be on the end so click, click, click, like that and ideally that’s the way you want to work yourself up to being able to play it.
Just start off slow and when you can play everything you know all the way through and you’re not missing a beat then turn the metronome up a little bit. Let’s say you start off and you’re playing it at 60 beats a minute after you can play it well at 60 beats a minute, try it at 62 beats a minute. It’s a lot easier if you work your way up in small little chunks rather than playing it fast and advance.
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