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EGS Songbook Level One  Euphoria – House

Songbook Level One

Understanding the chart

Download and print out the score, so that you can refer to it as you follow the guitar chart.

'Euphoria'

Go through the chart, step by step, looking at each bit and understanding what the chart is asking you to do.

Step One

The first thing you will see is the name of the tune, ‘Euphoria’, and the name of the composer. The title is the important one as, if you had a number of songs to play, it is essential that you play the correct one!

Step Two

At the top left hand side, before the tune starts, you will see the note '4 Clicks'. This means that you will hear four clicks before the tune starts. This will help count you into the song.

Step Three

The first section of the song is the Introduction. You have nothing to play for four bars, as each bar contains a small line which denotes a whole note rest. That means that you rest for the whole bar. You will study rests in great detail throughout Level 2 of the course.

The guitar comes in emphatically, at bar 5, with a whole note E5 power chord. You play a total of twelve bars of power chords – so count carefully. This opening section is dramatic; so play with some intensity and, of course, with an overdriven rock guitar sound.

Step Four

After the Introduction comes the first Chorus, and the dynamics drop down a little here. The guitar has another period of resting and you come back in at bar 25, half way through the first Chorus. Here you are required to play a series of open chords on a clean sound. The rhythm is straightforward; playing just two chords a bar, using half notes.

Step Five

After the first Chorus you move into the first Verse. You still play open chords to begin with, but they vary from the Chorus in terms of the whole note rhythm and the chords themselves.

At the eighth bar (bar 40), the dynamics build with the guitar following the rhythm of the piano. Here you play a half note and then two quarter notes, which then takes you into the second half of the first section of the Verse. The second section (note the end of section marks at the end of bar 48) of the Verse builds dramatically as the guitar plays more powerfully, using power 5-chords on a distorted rock guitar sound.

You play around the Verse chords twice on the rock sound before moving into the middle part of the song.

Step Five

The middle part of the song, the Breakdown, is a repeat of the Introduction. As the tune breaks down, the guitar plays four bars of E5. There are then four bars of rest before the guitar comes back in, and plays twelve bars of E5 – as in the Introduction.

Step Six

After the Breakdown / Introduction, the Chorus is repeated. After the first eight bars of rest, the guitar comes back in (at bar 93) with a clean guitar sound. Here, you revert to playing the open chords of the Chorus. This is exactly the same chord sequence as the first Chorus, but you play an additional four bars of the pattern. Using half notes for the rhythm, you play twelve bars of the twenty bar Chorus. You then finish, with a whole note on an E minor chord, in the twenty-first bar of the Chorus. You will see ‘Fine’ written under the end of bar 105 – indicating the end of the song.

Step Seven

Now watch and listen to the multimedia files, and follow the guitar chart through a couple of times.

Once you have done that, have a go yourself. You can play with the guitar, or mute the guitarist on the track so that you can play on your own.

Remember to:

  1. Concentrate.
  2. Count.
  3. Look at the chart as you play.
  4. Cycle the difficult bits and practise them.
  5. Slow it down to a tempo at which you can read and play.
  6. Have fun.

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