Let’s learn this iconic classic rock song! While some of us feel “we don’t need no education”, this song is an incredible education in itself – by listening carefully, you can learn so much about groove, melody, layering sounds together, leaving musical space, and more. Try choosing a musical element and following it throughout the song, e.g. the drum beat, the bass line, the guitars (try listening with headphones to hear the different parts in each ear!), and so on. By training your ear, you can really learn to appreciate the musical mastery that goes into crafting songs like this.
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar
In the riff exercise (level 4) you’ll play the iconic distorted guitar part, along with the equally iconic bass line in some sections. The notes and power chords themselves should be pretty straightforward but focus carefully on your timing to nail the groove.
In the cowboy chords exercise (level 4) you’ll play the main chords of the song, using familiar cowboy shapes: Dm F G C. If you need some practice to master Dm then this song is perfect, as it’s used a lot!
In the rhythm exercise (level 8) you’ll play the clean rhythm guitar part, with lots of funky small chord shapes and quick strumming. Over the solo we’ve arranged the organ part for guitar, using some beautiful movable chord shapes over a droning D-string.
In the rhythm & lead exercise (level 10) you’ll play the funky clean rhythm part, followed by one of the greatest guitar solos ever recorded. It’s got everything, from soulful minor pentatonic licks to masterful double-stops, but the stand-out is those incredible bends. They’ll take a lot of practice to master, and the big bends (up to 2 and a half whole steps!!) will be impossible on some instruments. As a workaround, try sliding rather than bending if needed, e.g. for a 2-step bend try sliding 2 whole steps (4 frets) instead.
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 for Bass
by: Antti Halmetoja, Bass content specialist
In the basic bassline exercise (level 3) you’ll learn the core notes from this iconic rock song. This is actually very close to the original bassline. Have fun!
The full bassline exercise (level 5) is the same as the original bassline but arranged for standard tuning. Focus on stable timing.
The full bassline exercise (drop D tuning) (level 8) includes the originally recorded bassline, which uses Drop D tuning. The main riff is fairly straightforward, but there are a couple of fast hammer-ons and slides, so keep an eye on them.
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 for Piano
by: Sunny Choi, Music Education Designer for Piano
Melody exercise (level 3)
Can you catch all the repeating 16th notes? You’ll have some time to prepare for the upcoming notes with a few bars of rests.
Accompaniment (level 5)Less is more! The more chords you have to play, the more you have to loosen up your wrist to make it feel effortless.
Solo piano exercise (level 6)This exercise is written for a solo pianist! You can be in charge of the main vocal, while still playing the band role simultaneously.
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 for Ukulele
by: Joona Hasan, Music Education Designer for Ukulele
In the basic melody exercise (level 3) you’ll be playing the meditative and clear main vocal melody during the verses and choruses. To keep you going during the beautiful and airy guitar solo, you’ll be playing along with the bass.
In the chords exercise (level 5) you’ll be playing the main rhythm guitar parts. It’s a combination of strong downstrokes and funky up-strums, so pay close attention to what the guitar is doing in order to lock-in perfectly.
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 for Singing
by: Sonja Patrikainen, Music Education Designer for Singing
In this song, the same melody repeats twice. Try to think of two focus points that you think of during each half. It could be e.g. articulation and timing, or pitch and breathing, or whichever two things you feel are important for this song.