Dawes is a band from Southern California that is bringing back the combination of great songwriting, tight vocal harmonies, and catchy rhythms, and combining them into infectious tunes. The creative core of the band is songwriter and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin on drums and vocals, Tay Straithairn on keys and vocals, and Wylie Gelber on bass. Most of their songs feature interesting guitar parts that can be very challenging to play accurately, although some can be strummed in a fairly straightforward manner. This set of lessons contains songs from their three current albums.
Lesson 1: That'll Be The Day - Guitar Lesson
*That'll Be The Day by Buddy Holly* is a classic from the early days of Rock & Roll. This short Campfire Lesson goes over the chord progression, played using mostly power chords with a shuffle-type riff, and a quick look at the opening guitar lick.
Lesson 2: Peggy Sue - Guitar Lesson
Peggy Sue is one of Buddy Holly’s most popular songs and, typical of his style, it only uses a few chords. However, also typical of his style there are some unusual chord combinations. This lesson is done in our “Work It Out” style to improve ear training so I recommend only printing the lyrics before watching the videos. There is also a chart that includes the chords, as well as tab to the short solo.
Lesson 3: Not Fade Away - Guitar Lesson
Not Fade Away is one of Buddy Holly’s most recognized and covered tunes. It really just consists of a quick syncopated chord change that is played over E and A chords, then A and D. The Rolling Stones released their version as a single in 1964 and The Grateful Dead kept it in steady rotation throughout their career. The lesson teaches Buddy’s strumming pattern as well as the short solo.
Lesson 4: Everyday - Guitar Lesson
Everyday is one of Buddy Holly's earliest songs, recorded in 1957 and released as the B-side of the Peggy Sue single. The arrangement was a simple combination of Buddy’s acoustic guitar, stand up bass, hand slap percussion, and a celeste that sounded like a glockenspiel. This lesson unlocks common misconceptions about the chord progression and presents a solo much like the celeste played.
Lesson 5: Words Of Love - Guitar Lesson
Words Of Love is a Buddy Holly favorite, particularly of John Lennon’s, who had The Beatles cover it on Beatles For Sale. Their version pretty much copied Buddy’s note-for-note. It is a very basic 3-chord progression with a few simple runs played over the D and E chords. The lesson also covers the guitar solo, which is based on small voicings of the chords played in harmony on the first and second strings.