How to Play “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

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How’s it going, guys? My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with, excited to
bring you this video lesson. We’re working on
an acoustic strumming pattern here in the style
of Brian May from Queen. What an amazing
guitar player he was. But check this out.

We’re starting on a D chord. And the song for
reference here is “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
We have a D chord and the rhythm that we’re going
to do is basically one-and, two-and, and then you
don’t play three, and you play and, four-and. So
with eighth note patterns I’m always trying to keep
my hand in the motion of playing eighth notes: one-and,
two-and, three-and, four-and. And that means down, up,
down, up and then on beat three what I’m going to
do is just omit playing on beat three. So my hand
always keeps that. That’s sort of the motor of
the tune, is that eighth note subdivision.

We’ve got a D chord and then the thing about
this tune is it has like a swing or shuffle feel.
So the eighth notes, instead of one-and, two-and,
three-and, four, they’re one, and-two, and-three,
and-four, almost like a blues if you play like a
blues shuffle. That kind of thing, but this rhythm.

We’re going to play D for two bars, G for one bar,
C for two beats, G for two beats and then D for the
first section of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
So we’re going…

Again, that doesn’t have to stay like that the whole
time. Like, for instance, when I go to the two-chords
per measure, I’m playing one, two-and, three, four-and.
A little different variation on that pattern, but in
essence it’s still like that eighth note swing.
Here it is again.

So check out that tune and just practice your eighth
note strumming. You may know how to play a D and G and
C and that may be easy for you, but getting to the right
feel and just playing the chords clean, doing it with
a metronome and swinging takes some work.

So click the link below and we’ll see you
in the next lesson. Thanks for watching.