"Desperado" originally appeared on the Eagles 1973 album of the same name. It has since become a classic and been covered by countless artists.
This Desperado lesson will probably be quite a challenge to most players. That is usually the case when you attempt to transcribe a piano part on the guitar.
The arrangement taught in these lessons works really well and sounds great either accompanying a singer or played on it's own without vocals.
For these lessons I chose to use a nylon string acoustic, but you can pretty much play "Desperado" on any guitar you are comfortable with. I prefer playing fingerstyle guitar arrangements on a nylon string guitar since they are a bit easier to fingerpick on due to the wider string spacing.
These "Desperado" lessons make an excellent chord workout. No matter what your level I think learning this arrangement will be a great exercise, an exercise that sounds very beautiful at that!
You will probably find a lot of chord voicings in this lesson that you have never played before. The piano lends itself to a very rich harmonic style. So when you adapt those harmonies to be played the guitar you will usually find some very unique chord voicings. This "Desperado" lesson is no different in that regard.
I do believe that playing fingerstyle is the way to go when playing this arrangement. Playing fingerstyle allows you to play the chord voicings in a pianistic style which basically means you can pick all the strings at the same instead of strumming across them. This style of fingerpicking lends itself well to most piano transcriptions that are played on the guitar.
In any case I have broken the song up into a couple video lessons. The first video demonstrates the instrumental piano intro and first chorus. The second lesson will demonstrate the rest of the song.
Take it all bit by bit. It may take some time to memorize completely since a lot of the chord voicings may be a bit unfamiliar to you. But, once you get those chords under your fingers, you will then have a larger chord vocabulary to use in your own playing. 🙂
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