For this video lesson we will take a look at the classic Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Written by George Harrison it has become one of the Beatles' most beloved songs.
The reasons for this is are many including the memorable guitar solos performed by the great Eric Clapton. But in addition to those cool solo lines we have some very nice chord progressions as well.
On a technical level, you shouldn't have much of a problem learning the chords for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" if you can play barre chords well. If you aren't very good at playing barre chords yet, now is a great opportunity to learn while playing a really great song!
All in all you only have two chord progressions you will need to learn with this song so you should be playing it in no time. You will learn the haunting A minor progression with it's nice chromatic bass line first. Then the song makes an abrupt shift to it's parallel key of A major. The A major chord progression is more uplifting and less ominous sounding making it a nice contrast.
The A major section is the more difficult section to learn due to it's liberal use of barre chords, but as I stated before, I think it makes a great barre chord workout if you need a little work on them.
Of course then we make it to the classic guitar solo performed by the great Eric Clapton. As usual with Clapton, he uses lots of very bends in his short but sweet solo. Be sure not to spend too much time working on those bend licks. They can trash your calluses pretty quick and make you miss a few days of practicing. And who can live with that!!
The solo isn't very technical but you do need to pay close attention to the intonation of all those bends. Especially the 1 1/2 step bends. Ouch!
So I hope every enjoys learning this yet another classic Beatles song and solo!
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - All Rhythm Guitar Parts