Welcome to this free lesson as thanks for beating the Gatekeeper!
Introduction and Playthrough
Welcome to a really exciting lesson. Today we are learning a wonderful version of “Drunken Sailor”. We will learn it in two different ways. Firstly, we’ll play the melody part and then the strumming part, and then jam it with the backing tracks (which are at the bottom of this page). Take your time, be patient, and learn it methodically. If you do that, you’ll have a lovely song to play for a long time to come!
Part 1 – The Melody
Let’s begin by learning the famous melody. It’s key to play the rhythm correctly for the first 7 notes in the melody. So, take your time with them. Then you can finish off the bar with the last 3 notes (all is explained in the video). Do take your time, build it up in chunks, and enjoy!
- Get the TAB/Notation for this lesson
- Check out this In Focus lesson for more on “Economy Picking” (Note: this lesson is for DTAA members only)
Part 2 – The Strumming
The great thing about strumming this song is that it uses just two chords – Am and G. There are a few ways you can strum it but start by keeping it simple and getting it tight especially as you play with the backing tracks. In the video, I give you a few more ideas and options for strumming it too.
Part 3 – Putting It All Together
In this quick video, I summarize what we’ve covered and give you some ideas on using the backing tracks (which you will find at the bottom of this page) and jamming this song in a variety of ways.
Part 4 – The Backing Tracks
There are 3 backing tracks below. You’ll see a “normal” speed version and a “slow” speed version for each, meaning there are 6 tracks in total.
Track 1 – This features both the melody and strumming. This is probably the easiest to play along with as you get to hear both parts at the same time.
Track 2 – Strumming only. This will allow you to play the melody like you are jamming with me. I.e. you play the melody and I play the strumming. It takes practice to play it like this so be patient and keep working on your timing. If you need to, go back to Track 1, practise along with that and then try this again. You can also use this track to practise the strumming part along with me.
Track 3 – Melody only. This will allow you to strum along while I play the melody. Once again this is like jamming with someone else. I.e. you strum the song while I play the melody. You can also use this track to just practise playing the melody and to improve your timing with that.
There you go. There is a wide variety of ways to use the backing tracks. If in doubt start with the slower version of Track 1 and get playing along with that first. If you enjoy this lesson, and you like my style of teaching, do check out the DTAA HERE. You’ll love it!
Right, check your email tomorrow for the grand finale of the Gatekeeper’s Odyssey. There’s a little epilogue that I think you will love.