Every now and then -it’s rare, but it happens- a magician arises from the deep dark depths of music-wonderland.
With so many crap pumped out and stuffed in our faces by the wealthy record companies via the main Radio, TV and Internet channels these days, I’m even happier when this happens now than ever before. There’s a plethora of wonderful musicians (just one example behind that link) out there below the mainstream radar. Unfortunately, most of them don’t get the recognition they deserve. Flooded by the easy-money-seeking, hollywood-mentality bloodsuckers that mostly reign the common charts (I’m referring to record companies), they’re doomed to stay stunning on a dime. Fortunately -yes, yes, YES for that!- this guy is one of those rare occasions that did manage to stand out from the crowd of the talented non-recognized. A tiny sparkle of hope that maybe not all is lost and good music can in fact be appreciated.
Meet (although I suspect by now you already know him): Mister James Bay.
In this extensive tutorial I show you exactly how to play his -my humble opinion- best song to date, perfectly exemplifying yet again how great, super-awesome, FANTASTIC the HTP Chord + Pattern approach to music is for here -since a while- it again allowed me to easily and perfectly create a wonderful piano part out of an originally all-guitar (ok, ok + synth) tune.
Since on the record, James “dubs” himself (meaning he plays/records one guitar part, and then plays/records another guitar part on top of that) I decided, since we do have 10 fingers and are in fact able to reach all of those notes, to create a part interweaving both of those guitars for the Verse and then the guitar + stunningly tasteful synth addition for the Chorus.
For the beginners (and to start learning the song) I start with the stripped, only one -the main- guitar version. From there we start building it up to what turned out to be quite the haunting piano part. Beautiful. No credit to me. All goes to James. I merely copied and re-arranged.
I hope you’ll have a lot of fun with this one, as did I creating it!
Please let me know how you’re doing, if- and what you liked about it in the comments.