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Lesson notes

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is a great ballad written for Elton John by Bernie Taupin. It was released in 1973 – and many critics consider it the best Elton John song. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 11 different triads used in the song. Some of them are played as “7” chords and many are played with bass notes other than the root – so we’ll cover slash chords - which are a BIG part of the “Elton John” style. As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. In the song specific techniques section, I’ll show you other aspects of Elton John’s style – such as using arpeggiated chords to drive the rhythm of the song.