August 1, 2011

How to Play…”Rolling in the Deep”, Part 2

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Hey kids, thanks for checking in on Part 2 of our lesson on “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele!

In the last post, How to Play…”Rolling in the Deep”, Part 1, we tackled the verse and pre-chorus sections of the song. In this post we’ll tackle the chorus section. We’ll also discuss some different strumming options, which will:

– Give you some room for creativity;
– Increase the fun factor;
– Make the guitar part more interesting overall.


Don’t Bore Us…Get to the Chorus!

Here in Part 2, we’ll tackle the basics of the chorus – chords, rhythmic structure, basic strum approach – and then we’ll take the challenge level up a notch by mixing and matching some different strums to create momentum and interest. This is especially helpful for you solo artists out there; it enhances the song dramatically, all the while keeping the essential vibe intact. I personally love this approach and hope you will too!

Cover Me

If you search around a bit on YouTube – and really, you could literally spend days doing this – you’ll find some great and unique covers of this song. “Rolling in the Deep” seems to have hit a nerve, even with established artists. Why else would John Legend, David Cook, Linkin Park and Mike Posner have cover versions when the song’s only been out for a few months? Pretty cool.

John Legend‘s version is a capella and very gospel, with sweet background vox. Former American Idol David Cook‘s is acoustic and rockin’, and he smokes it. Linkin Park does a slow, dark and soulful piano cover in their stage show. And Mike Posner‘s cover is whisper soft and almost techno. I know – weird. But cool! Follow the links and have a ball!

Thanks For Watching

Thanks for hanging out and watching this video lesson on Adele’s, “Rolling in the Deep”. I hope you learned a little something and had some fun in the process. See you at the next lesson!

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Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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