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Thread: Easy U2 songs

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    Easy U2 songs

    Since August I've been working on 2 Avril Lavigne songs & I'm looking for a change.

    Can anyone suggest an easy U2 song to learn? I play beginner acoustic (2 years) so I'm not looking for any fancy electric stuff...it just ain't gonna happen; guitar is a hobby and I don't have that much time to play/practice.


    First, I'd like to concentrate on melody then I work on mastering the chords once I get the timing right.

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    Try anything from 'The Joshua Tree', it's all relatively simple!

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    Where The Streets Have No NameI Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

    Well, I think they're the track names, but both great chowns to knock out on the guitar. Problem is The Edge is the delay daddy but you can always do an "unplugged version" of your own.

    Guitar is only a hobby?!?!?!?!

    Feeling....faint...I ..must..go and...lie...down.

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    "One" (I think thats the title) is quite easy and works for acoustic.

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    "With Or Without You". I don't play it note for note, since there's not really any rhythm guitar. Just turn the eighth note bassline into chords and add a few embellishments here and there. Play it with passion and you'll make people cry. Best song ever....

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    Hi All,
    I found "With or Without You" and am working on it. The meolody line is quite easy, just 3 flats (B, E, A).
    The chords, however, are another story: Eb, Bb, Ab, Ab(add 2), Cm7, Cm, Bb7sus, and Ab5.
    My goodness, they look like a secret code!
    So, I found a version on Guitarmasta.net that uses: D, A, Bm and G. Which are all chords that I can play. Trouble is that it doesn't sound right. The D and the A sound too "bright"; I think the sound shoule be more subtle.
    Any suggestions?

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    It was played in D.
    Try playing the verse part as barre chords around the 5th position, i.e.
    D = A shape at 5th fret
    A = E shape at 5th fret
    Bm = Em shape at 7th fret and
    G = E shape at 3rd fret,

    Then when you hit the chorus part
    'And you give yourself away' etc use the open voicing chords and really let them sound out, you'll have a very useable version,
    Incidentally, the same chord progression is used in the chorus of Maroon 5,
    I think the track's called 'She will be loved'(?).
    Have fun and I hope this helps!

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    Hi mattblack850, thanks. I will try these adjustments & keep all posted.

    Question: what do you mean by "open voicing chords"? Play them as they really are? Ex. A is 1st finger on 4th string 2nd fret; 2nd finger on 3rd string 2nd fret; 3rd finger on 2nd string 2nd fret.

    Question: What do you mean by "It was played in D"?

    I also like that Marron 5 song; the acoustic version has a good sound to it.
    Gonna practice now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIChick
    Hi mattblack850, thanks. I will try these adjustments & keep all posted.

    Question: what do you mean by "open voicing chords"? Play them as they really are? Ex. A is 1st finger on 4th string 2nd fret; 2nd finger on 3rd string 2nd fret; 3rd finger on 2nd string 2nd fret.

    Question: What do you mean by "It was played in D"?

    I also like that Marron 5 song; the acoustic version has a good sound to it.
    Gonna practice now!
    Open voiced chords usually mean chords with open strings. The common chords at the first few frets are also referred to as 'cowboy chords', such as Em, C, D, G, Am etc etc...You should get a big chord book for reference so you have multiple fingering options at your disposal for each chord type.

    When someone said the song was in 'D', they meant that the song is in the key of D, which includes the chords D major, E minor, F# minor, G major, A major, B minor, and C# minor. The relative minor key of D is B minor. Experiment with progressions using D as the root chord and then try B minor as the root chord. Good luck!

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