Adele is a world-famous young singer/songwriter whose first album ‘19’ (made when she was 19) came out in 2008. Her voice and songwriting captured the ears of music lovers and she still holds them today. She followed the path with more albums named after her age (21 and 25), and in between wrote and recorded Skyfall, for the James Bond film in 2012.
Her songs are generally done with piano accompaniment, but all of these lessons show how a guitarist might approach them. Most of these were put together by Vanessa, with one each from Max and Neil.
Lesson 1: Lovesong - Adele - Guitar Lesson
Adele is a British singer-songwriter and really doesn’t need any introduction at all.
Lovesong is the tenth track on her huge selling 2nd studio album ‘21.’ It was originally written and recorded by the English alternative rock band The Cure and appears on their 1989 album ‘Disintegration.’
This lesson is primarily based on an acoustic version as performed at KCRW, in which she was accompanied by only one guitar player along with a synthesizer.
The song features a very cool bossa nova groove in the key of Am, where the guitar is capoed on the 3rd fret. The playing involves random picking, muting, slapping the strings and a lot of embellishments such as hammer-on’s and pull-off’s.
Anyone trying to tackle this song should be comfortable fingerpicking in general.
Lesson 2: Daydreamer - Adele - Guitar Lesson
Daydreamer is a lovely tune by British singer Adele and appears as the first track of her debut studio album ‘19’, released in 2008.
The song features a fingerpicking arrangement with just a few chords in the key of A and one chordshape.
We take a close look at the picking patterns with its syncopated feel and the entire progression, which includes a few time signature changes.
Lesson 3: Make You Feel My Love by Adele - Guitar Lesson
This haunting and beautiful rendition by Adele is a great lesson for all you fingerpickers out there. Played with a capo on the first fret, this lesson will provide you with a challenge in emulating the piano parts while simultaneously playing the vocal melody.
A must learn song for anybody serious on taking their fingerstyle playing to the next level!
Lesson 4: Rolling In The Deep - Guitar Lesson
Rolling In The Deep is a fun guitar song from Adele’s album 21. It uses mostly power chords and barre chords, with a steady strumming pattern, and some syncopated changes and accents. The lesson is done in the key of Bm, which is the key where most of her live performances are even though the studio version was done in Cm. It also takes a short look at a more acoustic-based arrangement in the key of Am. There is a vocal lesson on this at TotallyVocals.com as well.
Lesson 5: Someone Like You - Adele - Guitar Lesson
Someone Like You is a beautiful song from Adele’s second album, 21, and was originally played on a piano. In this lesson we take a look at how to play a similar arrangement on the guitar. The song is in the key of A, and we capo the guitar at the second fret and play it in the key of G. It will be very translatable and doable this way. We will of course take a look at the fingerpicking pattern for the right hand as well as the chords and the specific fingerings for the left hand in order to get as close as possible to the inversions which were used on the piano.
Lesson 6: When We Were Young by Adele - Guitar Lesson
When We Were Young is a soul ballad by British singer-songwriter Adele. It’s taken from her 2015 album ‘25’ and was released as the 2nd single early 2016.
It features a piano arrangement in the key of Cm/Eb, but translates very well to the guitar by capoing it at the 3rd fret and using shapes in the key of Am/C instead. A few chords might be challenging still.
We take a look at a couple of ways for the right hand, as in one could fingerpick through the song, or strum it, or use a combination of both. It’s highly encouraged to find your own way of playing it.