Learn To Play Let Her Go By Passenger And Goodbye By Glenn Morrison On Guitar. Chords, Strum Patterns, Tab, Videos.

Mike Rosenberg (Passenger)
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Passenger

All The Little Lights
All The Little Lights

UK-born, adopted Australian son Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) releases his latest, already critically-lauded album, All The Little Lights. Recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney (Empire of the Sun and Josh Pyke), All The Little Lights is the most accomplished Passenger record to date. It s very different to (the last album) Flight Of The Crow, says Rosenberg. This one is a bigger production and a bit more modern sounding.

 

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Introduction

Two songs that are very popular at the moment, Let Her Go (Mike Rosenberg), and Goodbye (Glenn Morrison), follow a well used structure for pop songs. Four chords (sometimes three, sometimes five), common time, one key, and lyrics about love. When the music industry finds a format that works they tend to stick with it until it doesn't. Not to say these songs aren't good (with all the competition, there has to be something that makes these tunes stand out above the rest), it's just that the format, at this point, cannot be broken.

Record execs have a mindset and they are not about to sink four hundred thousand dollars (the average amount of money it takes to launch a new song), without knowing that they have a hit on their hands. I can't say too much though, because every song we write follows this format too. It is easy to write in this vein. Give it a try. Look at the chords in the key of C Major: C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim (leave this one). Most of these tunes are written around the three primary chords (in this case C, F and G) with the sixth added in (Am). Try this order: C, G, Am, F. Sounds like a hit song. The chorus in Rihanna's hit song Stay is C, Dm, Am, F. As a test, listen to any top forty pop song and try to pick out the chords (usually four), away from your instrument. At least listen to the changes and find the beginning and end to the progression.

Bm Root 5 Barre Chord
Bm Root 5 Barre Chord

Let Her Go

Once again, the song is notated with rhythm slashes. This slashes correspond to standard notation and outline the strumming pattern. This is non-pitched notation similar to what a percussionist would see. I have found that many students have had some difficulty understanding this concept, but it is really quite simple, and more reliable than trying to follow the chords written above the lyrics. This is not the note for note strumming pattern from the song. This is a simplified repeating pattern that works very well at this tempo. Once you have learned the song thoroughly, try improvising variations. That is, create your own patterns on the fly. As long as you remain within the four four time feel of the tune, any pattern will fit.

In measure one, the four beats consist of a dotted half note and a quarter note slash. A dot placed beside a note adds half of the value of the note to the note. The dot beside the half note (two beats) adds a quarter note (one beat). Hold the C Major chord for three brats and strike the D Major chord on the fourth beat. In measure two, the bar is divided evenly with two half notes. This is the same pattern for the first chorus.

The strumming pattern is comprised of eighths and sixteenths. Treat the eights as downstrokes (missing the strings on the upstroke to play the next downstroke) and the sixteenths as a down-up combination. This will keep your strumming hand flowing in the same down-up motion. It may be useful to think of the eighths as quarters and the sixteenths as eighths. The continuous down-up motion would be the same.

The only chord that is not an open shape is the Bm barre chord. It is necessary to learn and master this important chord shape. Bm shows up in a lot of songs because it is found in the keys of G and D Major (very popular open chord key signatures). I don't know how many times I have heard someone ask me if there is a substitution for this particular barre chord.

Intro

This is a bare bones transcription of the intro melody line, without the fingerpicking. The notes are all based in Em Pentatonic. I have notated the part in the open position and an octave higher at the twelfth fret.

Lyrics

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

Staring at the bottom of your glass
Hoping one day you'll make a dream last
But dreams come slow and they go so fast
You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day you'll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies

But you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

Staring at the ceiling in the dark
Same old empty feeling in your heart
'Cause love comes slow and it goes so fast
Well you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
'Cause you loved her too much and you dive too deep

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go
Oh oh oh no
And you let her go
Oh oh oh no
Well you let her go

'Cause you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

'Cause you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

Glenn Morrison
Glenn Morrison

The movement from Em to C Major

E minor
E minor
Pivot on second finger
Pivot on second finger
C Major
C Major

Goodbye

This is a great entry level tune. Easy strum pattern and all open chords. All these chords are diatonic to G Major. Em is the sixth, C Major is the fourth, D Major is the fifth, and G Major is the first (tonic, or root). These chords in any order are very pleasing to the ear (consonant). Use the alternate fingering for Em (first and second). This will make the transition into the C Major much easier. Employ the second finger as a pivot, holding it in position for both chords.

The strumming pattern is mostly quarters and eighths. Employ downstrokes for the quarters and use a down-up combination for the eighths. The count is one, two and, three and, four and (1 2&3&4&). In measure thirty six, cut the sound off after strumming the first half of the third beat by laying your the edge of your strum hand across the strings. This technique is called 'damping'. In measure nineteen, strum and hold the chord for eight beats. This is notated by the two whole note slashes joined with a tie.

In both tunes, watch for the repeat signs.

Goodbye Guitar Two

This is the part I play well my partner plays guitar one. This adds a huge amount to the overall sound. Two guitars along with the vocal (we also utilize a backing track of bass and drums), and you will have a very professional sound, even without all the bells and whistles on the recording.

Notice the capo is on the first fret for guitar two, while being placed across the sixth fret for guitar one. The chords for guitar two are different because of the capo. Learning to use a capo properly requires a vast amount of fretboard comprehension. Essentially the capo changes the note placement on the fretboard, the same way alternate tunings do.

Goodbye Play Along Backing Track

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Comments 3 comments

shandar 2 years ago

Good Lesson, and good song Goodbye.

Can you share a minus with drums under which you play on video?


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Lorne Hemmerling 2 years ago from Port Hope Author

Just the backing track? I can do that, thanks for the comment my friend!


shandar 2 years ago

Yes, thanks. I will be very grateful if you send it on my email shandar2003@mail.ru

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