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New Song: Everlong for Guitar, Bass, and Singing
Posted on April 24, 2019
Let’s play this powerful and driving 90s rock song, released in 1997! It’s got a fast tempo, so listen carefully to try to keep up. Also, check out the interesting 7-bar repeating pattern of chords. Most songs use groups of 8 bars, so the shortened 7-bar pattern feels like it keeps pushing the song forward. “Everlong”, made famous by Foo Fighters, is available in Yousician for Guitar, Bass, and Singing.
Everlong for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar
In the main riff exercise (level 4) you’ll play along with the main rhythm guitar, using mostly power chords. Try to memorize the repeating patterns as you go – it makes it much easier to put the whole song together in smaller chunks.
In the melody exercise (level 5) you’ll play the vocal melody, as well as the instrumental melodies throughout the song. Look out for the fast hammer-ons and pull-offs, and some quick alternate picking. Remember to start slow, and build up the speed as you get comfortable.
The cowboy chords exercise (level 5) will let you play along using familiar cowboy chords: C, Am, F, G. Look out for some syncopated sections using strong up-strums, and listen carefully to keep up with the fast tempo. You can use a capo on fret 2 or hit the ‘transpose’ button to play without one.
The fancy chords exercise (level 6) uses a bunch of fancy chords like Cmaj7 and Asus2 and sounds very close to the original rhythm guitar part – a great approach if you’re playing an acoustic version of the song. Watch out for the syncopated rhythms and fast tempo, and start slow if needed. You can use a capo on fret 2 or hit the ‘transpose’ button to play without one.
The full rhythm exercise (level 9) includes the full rhythm guitar part – it’s quite fast, so try to keep up! It uses drop D tuning and some unusual chord shapes. It sounds great with all down-strokes in the main riff if you can manage the speed.
Everlong for Bass
by: Vellu Halkosalmi, Music Education Designer for Ukulele and Bass
In the basic bass exercise (level 2) you will practice these three things: 1) find notes on three strings 2) practice walking fingers with your plucking hand during the choruses, and 3) practice skipping a string with your plucking hand during choruses.
The intermediate bass exercise (level 5) is a straightforward version of the song for bass in standard tuning, already very close to how it was recorded. Focus on firmly locking in with the drums, providing a solid 8th note groove. For an authentic sound, use a pick.
In the full bass exercise (level 8) you will play the bassline like it was recorded, using a Drop D-tuning. Pay extra attention to your timing where the bassline alternates between the low D and the D on the A string.
Everlong for Singing
by: Arttu, Music Education Designer for Singing
This song has a lot of intensity and power in the vocals. Try not to push your voice or yell! Instead, try to activate the muscles in your body to keep the phrases strong and consistent in volume. Remember to warm well before!
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