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Lesson notes

Angel was written and recorded by Sarah Mclachlan in 1997. It was released that same year on her album, Surfacing. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 8 different triads used in the song. Several of them are played with an added 7 or 2, so we’ll talk about how to do that. There are also a few chords that are played with a bass note other than the root – so we will cover slash chords. The “sus” chord is also a big part of this song. 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, we’ll mostly talk about the sustain pedal and how to use it to make a song sound connected and complete.