Key Stage 3 Learning Zone

Eleanor Rigby

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On the guitar, our version of Eleanor Rigby uses the two chords, E minorand C major 7:

It’s not hard to play, the hardest thing is to get the change of chord in the right place. Practice singing and playing at the same time. Change on the BOLD words:

 

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has BEEN
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the DOOR
Who is it for?

 

To do the chorus, play this run, shown here in TAB:

 

 

T -------------------------------------------------------------                   For a rock style, strum string 6                  -----0--------0----

    -------------------------------------------------------------                as well when you move down string 5         ------0--------0-----

A -------------------------------------------------------------                as shown in the diagram on the left.               -----0--------0------

    -------------------------------------------2--------2-------                A more open sound would be given             ------X-------X----etc

B ---7--------6--------5--------4----------3--------2-------                  by the version on the right. You can             ------7--------6-----

    ---0--------0--------0--------0-------------------0-------                  play any of the strings open except               ------0--------0---

                                                                                         string 4 which you should mute with

                                                                                                               the  fleshy bit of your finger (you

                                                                                                               probably will, anyway J)

 

 

 

On the keyboard you need the chordsEmand Cmajor 7 again:

 

Chord

    Left Hand

 Right Hand

Em

        E

     EGB

Cmajor 7

        C

     EGB

 

When you get to the chorus, you need to play:

 

Both hands together -    E E   D# D#         D D   C# C#         Cmaj7        Em

 

 

 

Why is it called C major 7?

 

          1        2        3        4        5        6        7                           The notes C E and G are the first, third and fifth as we would expect from a major

          C       D       E       F       G       A       B                             chord. The seventh is B and this has been added as well.

 

 

On the Bass  in this rock style you would usually “root the chord”. This means to play the “name note” of the chord – E for Em and C for C major 7 like this :

 

 

 

Or, you could “lock in” with the bass drum, playing the same rhythm, like this:

 

 

 

In the chorus, you need to play the same riff as the guitar, but DON’T play any strings EXCEPT the one with your finger on (string 3 – the A string)

 

 T       ------------------------------------

A       ------------------------------------

          -----7----6----5----4----3--------

B       --------------------------------0--           try playing four of each note like this:

 

 

                                                                         or two like this:

 

    

 

 

 

On the Drums  it’s that old “Dum tap, Dum Dum tap” again:

 

Beats

   1

   &

   2

   &

   3

   &

   4

   &

Hi hat

   X

   X

  X

  X

   X

   X

  X

   X

Snare

 

 

  X

 

 

 

  X

 

BDrum

   X 

 

 

 

  X

   X

 

 

 

REMEMBER if you want to be a drummer you have GOT TO DO  these things:

 

  1. keep good time (don’t speed up or slow down)
  2. don’t stop (for any reasons)

Try going to the ride cymbal (the big one) in the chorus if you like and play it like the hi-hat.

 

  to get better at the drum part watch the video by clicking here

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