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: Moon In The Water - Dawes - Guitar Lesson
Moon In The Water is a beautiful song by Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes album Nothing Is Wrong. It is a fairly basic fingerpicking song that uses just a few alternating bass patterns but also some unusual chord voicings, extensions, and inversions. It is in the key of E and most of the chords are played in reduced forms, not playing all the strings.
Lesson 2: How Far We’ve Come - Dawes - Guitar Lesson
This song is an example of how a writer can take a very simple chord progression and dress it up with alternate chord voicings, some basic picking embellishments, and interesting vocal harmonies, to create a tune that appears to have much more than its parts. The progression is straightforward but the picking adds a few levels of difficulty, depending on your fingerpicking experience of course.
Lesson 3: When My Time Comes - Dawes - Guitar Lesson
This is from their 2009 album North Hills, a recording with a very retro folk-rock sound. The studio recording was an electric rocker but there are some great solo acoustic versions out there as well. This lesson covers strumming and picking in 6/8 time, as well as a detailed segment on triads played on the second, third and fourth strings, which is how Taylor Goldsmith plays it in those single guitar arrangements.
Lesson 4: Time Spent In Los Angeles - Dawes - Guitar Lesson
This is the first song from Dawes’ album Nothing Is Wrong and the lesson is presented as an ear-training exercise. It is an interesting progression and you should not look at the attached chart until you watch the first few segments. The strumming is very basic and not really addressed but the Listen segments go through a couple of different ways the band play it, as well as some chord variations that Taylor Goldsmith uses in solo guitar versions.
Lesson 5: From A Window Seat - Guitar Lesson
Dawes is a band from Southern California that is bringing back the combination of great songwriting, great vocal harmonies, and catchy rhythms, and combining them into infectious tunes. From A Window Seat includes syncopated strumming patterns, quick arpeggios, left hand muting to strum just a few strings, and some challenging fills behind the changes. A very fun song to play!