Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

The Rose is a beautiful song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler who recorded it for the soundtrack of the 1979 film with the same name.

The song features three verses in the key of C, using the three major chords and two minor chords.

The original recording was done on a piano and this lesson shows how to easily transcribe it to the guitar.

It covers the arrangement primarily in the key of G, where the guitar is capoed on the 5th fret, but also shows how to play in the key of C.

Besides the vocal harmonies, the most important aspect of performing and playing the song is how to build it up and take it down dynamically with one single guitar. For that we take a look at how to make each verse a little stronger than the previous one.

Since the vocal harmonies are so important, there is also a segment which breaks down a few other parts.