10 Common Song Mistakes
Mistakes, we all make them. To avoid the kind of reactions seen in the movie Whiplash (is highly recommended) from your teachers and fellow performers , please don’t make these errors. Ever. If your band mates do please feel within your rights to hurl any musical equipment in their direction.
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple – 10 Common Song Mistakes
Friends don’t let friends play this on 6th string of the guitar. Not cool. Just no.
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd – 10 Common Song Mistakes
Two bars of G when repeating the intro, one bar of G when going into the verse. Count them.
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes – 10 Common Song Mistakes
No build up at the end of the song thank you! Straight to the E chord to finish after two riffs.
American Idiot – Green Day – 10 Common Song Mistakes
The guitar does the first half of the riff, band kicks in for the second half. In the second half no extra F# power chord PLEEEASE!!!!! And watch that outro arrangement.
Cry in Shame – Johnny Diesel and the Injectors – 10 Common Song Mistakes
Bridge is only repeated 1 and half times before going into the saxophone solo. Not a full repeat! You hit that C#m its solo time. Solo is over a Verse and Chorus.
Take It Easy – The Eagles – 10 Common Song Mistakes
This one takes a theory concept known as functional harmony. The theory allows you to switch and substitute chords. The Eagles cleverly use this trick throughout this song. Listen to the last verse. The C chord is replaced by an A minor chord to great effect. Use it! See if you can spot the other places in the song that has this being used.
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis – 10 Common Song Mistakes
Diminished chords. They exist people. Learn them. In the prechorus. Thank you.
Message in a Bottle – The Police – 10 Common Song Mistakes
Where is that longer bit at the end of the chorus? Second chorus!
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac – 10 Common Song Mistakes
That A minor! That bit just before the second verse. Make it happen.
My Happiness – Powderfinger – 10 Common Song Mistakes
Actually who cares it’s Powderfinger.