Brandi Carlile is a very talented singer-songwriter from the Seattle area in the Northwestern US. Her songs span a range of genres but generally have a hint of country in them, partly because of her powerful voice.
Her songs have been nominated for awards by just about all the international music organizations and she has won multiple Grammys, as well as some from CMT and UK Americana.
This set of lessons, all crafted by our own Vanessa Bot features some of her biggest hits along with a couple deeper tracks, all great fun to play and sing.
Lesson 1: The Joke by Brandi Carlile - Guitar Lesson
The Joke is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and appears on her 6th studio album ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ (2017).
It was nominated in four categories at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards (2019) and won the Award for ‘Best American Roots Song & Best American Roots Performance.
The arrangement features an easy progression, with only five chords, including a few barre chords, making it not too easy for beginners.
The lesson takes a thorough look at the strumming and shows a few examples of the way Brandi strums through it.
Lesson 2: Have You Ever - Brandi Carlile - Guitar Lesson
Have You Ever is a lovely tune by American singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. It’s taken from her second studio album ‘The Story’, released in 2007.
It features an uptempo, travis style picking pattern, and four basic chords in the key of G, where the guitar is capoed on the 2nd fret.
We take a look at the progression, and include a segment where we slow it down and gradually built up the tempo.
Lesson 3: Follow - Brandi Carlile - Guitar Lesson
Follow is a song by the talented American singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, which she wrote with her guitar player Tim Hanseroth. It’s the opening track of her self titled debut album, which was released in 2005.
The arrangement features a straightforward progression using nine chords, including four barre chords from the E and A families, where the guitar is capoed on the 4th fret.
The lesson breaks down the flatpicking for the first and last verse as well as the consistent and driving strumming at the speed of 16th’s for the rest of the song.
We also take a quick look at the 2nd guitar part.
Lesson 4: That Year - Brandi Carlile - Guitar Lesson
That Year is a song by the very talented American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.
The fifth track of her 2009 album ‘Give Up The Ghost’, That Year was the second single to be released in 2010. It’s about the suicide of a friend when she was 16 years old and Brandi describes it as the saddest song on the record.
The song features an easy progression and lovely fingerpicking arrangement in the key of G, where the guitar is capoed on the 9th fret.
The lesson breaks down the progression and takes a close look at several examples of the main patterns. The picking contains a lot of room for variations, since Brandi plays it very randomly, anyone trying to tackle this one is encouraged to do the same.
Lesson 5: The Story - Brandi Carlile - Guitar Lesson
The Story is a song released by the very talented American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. She is known for possessing a big voice that cracks emotively when she is belting.
The song was written by Phil Hanseroth, her bassplayer, and appears on her second 2007 album with the same name. It received exposure to a wider audience by being played on the soundtrack to medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
The arrangement features an easy progression in the key of A, using the very common I, V, VI, IV progression. It involves steady, consistent, driving and even a bit of aggressive strumming as well as flatpicking. The lesson also covers the solo which appears after the second verse.