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The Chain - Acoustic Guitar Tutorial - Fleetwood Mac - Drue James - Part 1

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hey drew James here from learn guitar in

London calm I hope you're having a great

day today we're going to be learning the

chain by Fleetwood Mac well we're gonna

at least be learning the acoustic guitar

part so this song actually has two

guitars a distorted guitar I believe on

the right hand side and a steel string

guitar on the left hand side and what

I've done in this lesson is I've made a

hybrid of them both so there's little

bits from each track obviously to be

able to do both at the same time just is

impossible on one guitar but because I'm

an acoustic channel I've really focused

on the acoustic picking that happens in

the Sun a couple of things you're going

to need to know you're going to need to

down tune your strings your E and toppy

and bottom E to D and you're going to

need to grab your capo and stick it on

the fifth so a second fret

without further ado or by the way

quickly you can get the tap to this for

free and part two of this video by

joining the student area of my website

just takes a name and email address all

completely free I've left the link at

the bottom of the video or link in the

video for you to do that at any time

let's start learning how to play






as I mentioned if you grab the tab to

this it will make learning it a lot

easier you can just use do that using

the link in the video description this

is also going to be a two part lesson

and the second part of this video will

be found at the student area as well

just go to part two videos to find that

all completely free now as I said as

well you need to get a capo and put it

on the second fret of the guitar and you

need to take your e strings top and

bottom down to D so this tuning is in

dadgad D a D G a D okay not a little bit

of advice with how to do that is tuned

down using your electronic tuner make

sure that you know you you are going not

to d sharp but to D make sure there's no

symbol next to your D and then put your

capo on and reach you and again fine

tune from there because what you may

find is the capo is just putting a

little bit of tension onto the strings

and therefore changing the pitch

slightly does depend on your guitar very

much but do that okay so when you're

down tune into those notes then we can

get started so as I mentioned this is a

mash-up a hybrid of two guitars let's

have a look at a few of the rifts

so you're starting with this shape that

I commonly know is a d7 so that's an

index finger on the fifth string down on

the B middle finger on the second string

down on the G hand ring finger on the

thinnest string on the e you want them

all held down you want this little

finger spare because this is going to be

doing some cool stuff later once you've

got that chord shape held down thumb on

fittest thumb on D middle on the

relevant string if you don't know finger

style you really need to know that rule

of thumb on the top three index middle

and ring on G B and E so thumb thumb

index ring


how's that working out for you okay

you just keep that cord held down and

you get the right picking pattern and

you're away the second RIF so you're

keeping the same cord you're picking

pattern is the same

instead of finishing on this you're

finishing on the middle finger play it

strike it hard with the middle and with

your little finger slam it down to the

third fret on the B string called a

hammer on so

so the two refs three four


okay I didn't quite get that wrong again

three four so spending a bit of time

which I should have done before lesson

hammering that little finger to get that

sound is very important you then go back

to the first riff that you did

so let's put the three bits together so

far next one so that's what you've got

so far then one so let's go to the third

rift so this is the same thing again

slightly different rhythm and more

picking patterns thumb on a thumb on D

middle index middle index then hammering

on one two three

so like this


okay so far all right so they're your

three risk you actually do that Rick

twice so from the beginning ref what

three floor riff to riff 1 3 3 3

riff through again

now riff for keep this court held down

someone same picking pattern

just like rif-1 but then you're also

adding on the hammer on so this time

you're incorporating the thinnest string

and the hammer on service

okay so far


you then go back to riff 3 okay so that

takes you all the way through it so far

I'm just going to play that up to that

point calling out the riffs as we go

okay so riff one two three back to riff

one riff three four three again riff for

their riff three okay simple so far

right not too bad then so um now this is

it's gonna depend on what you prefer to

do with your fingers on this I'm not

gonna dictate too much I like to use my

little finger on the third fret on the B

string peel those feet the rest of the

fingers away from the cord thumb on

thickest thumb on D play that string

you're holding then with the ring finger

play the third fret on the a and you're

going to flick it away to the open a

string so you pick it and flick your

fingers let me dig in your Callison you

see I'm getting noise without doing

anything on my picking hand

and it can't hurt just to do a little

Ben's pulling the string down like this

towards the floor hey let's go to bed

and then flicking away then two and

three like a D chord see this where it's

a bit weird this is how I like to play

it you might prefer to play it like this

it might be easier for you but that's

just the muscle memory I have is this

way but you could do it this way so you

need to hold down two and three I'm

doing it this way this way you can do it

that way okay it's really up to you and

then strum all six strings with a loud

down strum that's sort of a symbol that

comes in like a closed hi-hat and a big

stroke so that riff is how did I go got

that so far okay good

what I'll do now is I'll put them all

together up to that point and then we

get into the bit where the singing

actually starts so here we go

riff one three


three the paper three



repeat Row 3 okay so that's what we've

got so far all right so you can see why

I'm leaving that pinky finger left over

for that cord because it's I'm going

and then I'm just leaving it there to do

but by all means use the ring finger

it's hardly up to you then we're into

the singing


so let's have a look at that so you're

sleeping either your ring or your pinky

whatever you prefer on the third fret on

the B playing the same picking pattern

that we've had so far thumb on the thumb

on D little bending third fret on a

stream and flicking it away and then

coming to this based on a D chord right

lifting up the middle finger second fret

on g third for a b then third fret

thickest string strike that and slide it

up to fifth fret this is all relative to

the cathode so that's what you should

have so far then open D then fifth fret

so it's so this is fifth fret on the

thinnest string if you're not following

me though then play open G then move

down to third fret on thinnest so I'll

do that part again


so from the beginning well from the

beginning of that section





so the next part based on a C chord ring

finger on the third fret on the a little

finger on the third fret on the B and

the picking pan

face the one you're holding down with

the ring then index middle index middle



get up


then first fret on the a-string

changing the base no believing this

little finger here then thumb index

middle so it's


then third fret on thickest string

bending it pulling it down like we did

on the previous then open it so do that

so D then play it open then open again

open on D third of the bending on the a

this time flicking on and then those

that's two and three so I'll just do

that whole new section if I don't do it

from what it joins so



good so far cool leave this chord shape

held down this two and three now if

you're doing it with your fingers up

strap on the top six drinks then open on

D so you go did I go open D then

flicking off on the B string a string


so that's how you're joining those two

parts and then you're repeating sliding

got that already this part really told



so it's just a Newland section here that

I need to show you so I'm just going to

join the new section with the slides and

I'm just going to take you through to

the very end which has a new little bit

of music but you're here that some of it

is very similar I'll do it slowly so

perhaps you can play along with me

three sliding five


then when you go this up


sliding fires

pretty low nuts

and then you've got this session so I'm

going to show you that in just a second

so if you want clear you can hear that

it's going round in a circle

the only thing that's different is this

up strap but mostly it's this part

you've already learned with the the only

thing that's changing is it's starting

with an up strum on this D star chord so

it's sliding so the last time I'll show

you this

then you've got this part so this is

joining into the chorus where you start

strumming sliding two and three this

sort of chord shape but just like the

two for now up to fret 5 so keep the

pressure down then with your middle

finger Prime's are ready to play fret 6

on the B and then seven on the ring

finger on the g string so it's you just

want a slightly

pull those strings down to little bends


so I'll do from the up-strum at the D

and show you that section one more time



okay and that is the end of part 1 I

shall see you for part 2 over at the

student area