Full Access Members Only

Happy Xmas (War Is Over): Welcome

 

Get Full Access Today To Learn

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Plus 11,000 More Guitar Lessons.

Product Cost Lessons Instructors Instructor Help New Lessons Return Policy
Guitar Tricks $19.95 11,000+ 45 Instructors Yes Yes, Weekly 60 Days
Guitar Dvd's $30 - $60 20 - 30 1 Instructor No Interaction No No
Guitar Books $20 - $40 30 - 40 1 Instructor No Interaction No No
Other Sites $20 - $40 100 - 500 1-5 Instructor Sometimes Sometimes 3-7 Days
In-person $40 - $80 1 Hour 1 Instructor Yes Yes No
This song features 2 guitar parts, the strummed acoustic guitar that sets the mood & pacing throughout, as well as a guitar that plays an ornamental tremolo lead, reminiscent of a mandolin part. In this tutorial we'll be learning the main, strummed acoustic guitar.

This song winds back and forth between 2 key signatures: A major for the first 1/2 of the verse, D major for the second half of the verse as well as the chorus. Each section ends by using a V chord to set up the modulation to the next key signature. Cool device, songwriters take note!

The first half of the verse opens with a gentle swaying 6/8 rhythm chord progression outlining I-ii-V-I in A major. We'll take a look at how each chord gets an ornamental suspension which adds interest and variation to the part.

The second half of the verse uses the same strum, but the progression, I-ii-V-I is now in D major. The entire progression is modulated up a fourth, giving dynamic lift to the verse

The chorus starts on G major chord, which gives the impression the song has changed keys again up another fourth. The use of the A major chord indicates we are still in D major. The chorus progression winds up being IV-V-ii-IV, then I. At the end of the chorus they tack on an E major chord to use as a V chord to get back to the A major key of the verse.

If you do not yet use the "numbers" harmonic system, this song offers you the perfect opportunity to start thinking in this extremely useful, universal musical language.

This song features a simple form/structure, and has absolutely no introduction:

NO INTRO
VERSE 16 bars
CHORUS 8 bars
VERSE
CHORUS
VERSE
CHORUS
CODA/OUTRO 8 bars

We're in the key of A major (and sometimes D major!), in 6/8 time and playing at a tempo of 73 BPM.