#1
How to Improve Strumming?

And tell me song basic songs on major chords to improve my strumming,
#2
Queen - Year of '39


/ Queen / A Night at the Opera (1975) / '39 guitar tab

'39
Queen, from A Night at the Opera

transcription by
ken@batman.austin.ibm.com (Ken Goach)
pat@jaameri.gsfc.nasa.gov (patrick m. ryan)

Notes:
On the studio version of this song, there are two guitars.
This is an approximation for playing it on just one.

intro
X X X X Am Am Am Am
G G

G D Em C G D C G
---3-------2------0----0----0-----3----2---0------3------
---3-------3------0----0----1-----3----3---1------3------
---0-------2------0----0----0-----0----2---0------0------
---0-----0-0------2----2----2-----0--0-0---2-0_2--0------
---2-2_3--------2-2--2-2--3-3-----2--------3------2------
-3------------------------------3-3---------------3------


G D Em C G D G G G G (folk strum)
---3-------2------0----0----0-----3--2---------
---3-------3------0----0----1-----3--3---------
---0-------2------0----0----0-----0--0---------
---0-----0-0------2----2----2-----0-----3-2-0--
---2-2_3--------2-2--2-2--3-3-----2------------
-3------------------------------3-3------------


G (pickup chord) D Em
In the year of '39.... Assembled here the volunteers

C~ G D Em Em7 In the
days when lands were few Here the ship sailed out into the

C~ D(add G) Dmaj G
Blue and sunny morn Sweetest sight ever seen.

G D B7
And night followed day, and the story tellers say

Em Am (then passing notes C B A F#)
That the score brave souls inside

G D
For many a lonely day sailed across the milky seas

C Em C D C (G) D------
Ne'er looked back, never feared, never cried.


G C G
Don't you hear my call, though you're many years away,

G D
Don't you hear me calling you

G F#/G Em D C B/G Am
Write your letters in the sand for the day I take your hand

Em D G
In the land that our grandchildren knew.


In the C~, I add D&G on top:

|--3
|--3
|--0
|--2
|--3
|--X

Likewise, the D add G is

|--3 (where you add the G)
|--3
|--2
|--0
|--X
|--X


In the year of '39 assembled here the Volunteers
In the days when the lands were few
Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn
The sweetest sight ever seen.

And night followed day
And the storytellers say
That the score brave souls inside
For many a lonely day sailed across the milky seas
Ne'er looked back, never feared, never cried.

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew.

In the year of '39 came a ship in from the blue
The Volunteers came home that day
And they bring good news of a world so newly born
Though their so heavily weigh
For the earth is old and grey, to a new home we'll away
But my love this cannot be
For so many years have gone though I'm older but a year
Your mother's eyes in your eyes cry to me.

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
All the letters in the sand cannot heal me like your hand

For my life
Still ahead
Pity Me.


Notes:

I often play Amin7 rather than plain Amin.

The odd chords listed in the chorus I play:

F#/G B/G

|--3 |--3
|--3 |--3
|--0 |--0
|--0 |--0
|--0 |--2
|--2 |--X
#3
EDIT: Right because that ^^^ is perfect for a beginner.


I dont understand what you mean by strumming?

Do you mean learning how to play different strumming patterns?
Or strumming fast?
Or strumming between different chords?
Do you just want to know how to make the up down motion with your hand?
Last edited by screamsoftly at Jan 12, 2007,
#4
im not exactly sure what you mean by improve your strumming, but if you want it to sound better, when your strumming try to hit each string with equal force and let each note sound the same length. to make your notes clearer press down harder with your fretting hand when fingering chords. also , i dont know if you want songs with basic barre chords or open so ill suggest open.


pink floyd-wish you were here(intro has fingericking part but rest is chords)
back in black(e-d-a)

hurt-johnny cash

let it be-you hopefully know who thats by(has one barre chord, an f major i think, easy enough you can do it)


if you want the chords to the songs whose chords i didnt list, check out a great website called ultimate guitar .com
#6
Go buy one of those cheapo ukuleles and play that a bit, Chords are all easy as pie. Gives you concentration to aim at the strumming. Plus theyre just fun to play with IMO. If thats not down your ally just learn wonderwall by oasis.

The trick is that you have to be comfortable enough playing the guitar that you dont have to concentrate hugely on the actual playing. I sorta learn basicly how a song goes, and then once i have a vague idea of the notes and chords and stuff i need to play and once i have gone through it once or twice i dont have to concentrate on playing the notes themselves as much anymore, and i can more concentrate on playing the notes/chords in the rhythm the are supposed to be in.

Am i making sense?
It all comes with time, you just need to be comfortable playing otherwise its kinda hard to concentrate on the rhythm as much
#7
i dont really know where to post this but can anyone help me with the strumming and timing for your gaurdian angel by red jumpsuit apparatus