Taylor Swift has been on the world music scene since she was a teenager and released her eponymous first album in 2006. She is recognized as a major force and voice of her generation. Her songs are mostly written for the acoustic guitar and tell compelling stories, many based on her life experiences.
This set of lessons include one of her early hits, Love Story, as well as four from her fourth album, Red.
Lesson 1: Love Story Guitar Lesson - Taylor Swift
TG is pleased to enter the contemporary-country-pop world with a song that Neil has taught many of his younger students, particularly teenaged girls, Love Story by Taylor Swift. Taylor writes most of her songs and many feature the banjo. This TARGET lesson looks at playing the banjo part on the guitar in an alternate tuning and strumming away.
Lesson 2: I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift - Guitar Lesson
I Knew You Were Trouble is a song recorded by the ever popular American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album Red, which became a huge hit in many countries.
The lesson is based on the acoustic version and covers three guitar parts. Taylor’s part in the key of C/Am, capoed on the fourth fret, the rhythm guitar part in the absolute key of Gb/Ebm and the second guitar part in the key of G/Em, with the guitar tuned down a half step. Especially the latter uses quite a few different chord shapes and a couple of three/four-string voicings high up the neck.
The song has four chords and a very easy chord progression for the verses, I, V, VI, IV, which everyone should be familiar with since it’s used in tons of songs.
The lesson takes a close look at the strumming hand since it’s very important in this song. It changes from very fast strumming with the speed of 16th’s to 8th’s back and forth, and from common time to half time and back. Also palm muting and flatpicking the strings are techniques incorporated into the playing.
Lesson 3: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift - Guitar Lesson
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together was released as the lead single from Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album ‘Red’ and became a huge hit for the talented American singer-songwriter.
The lesson takes a look at the acoustic version and covers how Taylor plays it by herself as well as how her guitar players accompany her vocals.
Although the song contains only four chords in the key of G and an easy chord progression, there are a couple of useful techniques to incorporate, such as palm muting, flatpicking, muting for the fretting hand and even strumming 32nd notes.
Lesson 4: Red - Taylor Swift - Guitar Lesson
Red is a song recorded by the immensely popular American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album with the same name and was released as the 5th single in June 2013.
This lesson is mostly based on the acoustic version. It covers two guitar parts, the rhythm guitar and the second guitar, in the key of E and Taylor's part in the key of C, where the guitar is capoed on the 4th fret.
The song features a fairly easy chord progression using the I, IV, V and VI, with a couple of different inversions in the bridge.
The lesson takes a close look at the strumming hand since it changes from the speed of 16th's to 8th's back and forth and even from common time to half time feel and back. Also palm muting the strings is a technique to incorporate into the playing.
Lesson 5: Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift - Guitar Lesson
Everything Has Changed is a song by American singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, also featuring British singer Ed Sheeran. It’s taken from Swift’s fourth studio album ‘Red’ and was released as the sixth single in July 2013.
The song is a guitar ballad combining folk and pop genres about ‘wanting to get to know a new lover better.' It features a very easy chord progression in the key of Gb, using the I, II, IV, V and VI.
In the lesson we take a look at several keys in which the student can play the song, including the ones that Taylor and Ed are using. For that we cover the pros and cons of each key, how to use a capo and the keyboard of a piano as a very useful tool.