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Thread started 03/28/15 1:43pm

10000Degrees

Purple Rain Guitar Chords Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/w...Nirl0rmfgk

Prince's Purple Rain has countless tutorial videos - they're a testament to the rock godness of the song! That said, every video I've seen presents the chords incorrectly.

As a long time Prince fan and guitar player, I thought it would be necessary for me to finally put those videos out of business wink

Check it out if you're interested and comment below!

J

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[Edited 3/29/15 19:43pm]

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Reply #1 posted 03/28/15 3:20pm

bonatoc

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Awesome man. You nailed them!

But please do the last 30 seconds again. What's that 100% wet chorus/phaser/whatever?

We can't hear shit! biggrin

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No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #2 posted 03/28/15 11:30pm

novabrkr

It might be just due to that excessive amount of modulation effects used, but I don't think you really got them right. Hard to tell when your guitar sounds so completely out of tune due to those effects or because you just don't tune it properly. I guess I could take a look at your fingerings to find out if you're playing the right notes, but judging by what I'm hearing, no, I can't hear the chords of "Purple Rain" there.




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Reply #3 posted 03/29/15 12:53am

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hoora ...Oh! sad
Just somewhere in the middle,
Not too good and not too bad.
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Reply #4 posted 03/29/15 9:17am

steakfinger

He got the Fadd9 and Ebadd9 chords right. Everything else, not so much. If you listen to the intro on the album, (which I just did to make sure) the first chord, (a Bb6/9 chord) from top to bottom, goes like this:

Open D string.

3rd fret Bb on the G string.

1st fret C on the B string.

1st fret F on the E string.

The second chord is the exact same thing except you're adding a 3rd fret G on the low E string. It's not played with the thumb in Wendy's case, but if you have the thumb for it then you certainly can. That's the way Hendrix would've played it. The A string is not played. The second chord, (a Gm7add11) from bottom to top, goes like this:

3rd fret G on the E string

Open D string.

1st fret C on the B string.

1st fret F on the E string.

He got the next two chords correct. They're hard to play because of some big stretches, but Wendy played a short-scale Rickenbacker so it wouldn't have been impossible. The Fadd9 chord, incidentally, is the same chord shape movd up a few frets to give you the first chord of "Every Breath You Take" by the Police.

I speak the truth. I promise.

[Edited 3/29/15 9:25am]

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Reply #5 posted 03/29/15 7:45pm

10000Degrees

novabrkr said:

It might be just due to that excessive amount of modulation effects used, but I don't think you really got them right. Hard to tell when your guitar sounds so completely out of tune due to those effects or because you just don't tune it properly. I guess I could take a look at your fingerings to find out if you're playing the right notes, but judging by what I'm hearing, no, I can't hear the chords of "Purple Rain" there.






Not only are you completely wrong but you're arrogant about it?

Wow!
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Reply #6 posted 03/29/15 7:49pm

10000Degrees

steakfinger said:

He got the Fadd9 and Ebadd9 chords right. Everything else, not so much. If you listen to the intro on the album, (which I just did to make sure) the first chord, (a Bb6/9 chord) from top to bottom, goes like this:



Open D string.


3rd fret Bb on the G string.


1st fret C on the B string.


1st fret F on the E string.



The second chord is the exact same thing except you're adding a 3rd fret G on the low E string. It's not played with the thumb in Wendy's case, but if you have the thumb for it then you certainly can. That's the way Hendrix would've played it. The A string is not played. The second chord, (a Gm7add11) from bottom to top, goes like this:



3rd fret G on the E string


Open D string.


1st fret C on the B string.


1st fret F on the E string.



He got the next two chords correct. They're hard to play because of some big stretches, but Wendy played a short-scale Rickenbacker so it wouldn't have been impossible. The Fadd9 chord, incidentally, is the same chord shape movd up a few frets to give you the first chord of "Every Breath You Take" by the Police.



I speak the truth. I promise.

[Edited 3/29/15 9:25am]



We're close - but I feel like the first two chords include 1st fret on the D string... I'll try it your way and get back to you.

That aside, everything else is the same.

Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #7 posted 03/30/15 7:24am

novabrkr

10000Degrees said:

novabrkr said:

It might be just due to that excessive amount of modulation effects used, but I don't think you really got them right. Hard to tell when your guitar sounds so completely out of tune due to those effects or because you just don't tune it properly. I guess I could take a look at your fingerings to find out if you're playing the right notes, but judging by what I'm hearing, no, I can't hear the chords of "Purple Rain" there.




Not only are you completely wrong but you're arrogant about it? Wow!


I see you've replaced your original clip with a new one where you're playing the chords more like what they should be, but what you play at the end of the clip doesn't sound like the record or the live performances either.

Practise more before making tutorials. It's not arrogant to state that, as you just simply don't have what it takes to do these type of things just yet.

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Reply #8 posted 03/30/15 9:31am

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novabrkr said:

10000Degrees said:

novabrkr said: Not only are you completely wrong but you're arrogant about it? Wow!


I see you've replaced your original clip with a new one where you're playing the chords more like what they should be, but what you play at the end of the clip doesn't sound like the record or the live performances either.

Practise more before making tutorials. It's not arrogant to state that, as you just simply don't have what it takes to do these type of things just yet.

It's not that complicated

Bbsus2/Bb

Gmn7(add C)/G

F /F

Eb (add F)/Eb

The end chord of the verse before the hook is Bb

The chorus

Eb (add F)

Bbsus2

Gmn7(add C)

F.

Ending Strings: Bbsus2

Gmn7(Add C)

F

Eb

Bb

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Reply #9 posted 03/30/15 10:09am

novabrkr

Yeah, it doesn't really need a tutorial unless you really can make it sound exactly like on the record. How you are going to distribute the voicings across the different strings matters in this case if your intention is to get it right. Just about anybody should be able to do an approximation of it based on what chords are used for the intro.

Really, If you're going to do a tutorial for just four chords that are played as the intro, you better get those chords 100% right.

[Edited 3/30/15 11:02am]

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Reply #10 posted 03/31/15 6:48am

steakfinger

10000Degrees said:

steakfinger said:

He got the Fadd9 and Ebadd9 chords right. Everything else, not so much. If you listen to the intro on the album, (which I just did to make sure) the first chord, (a Bb6/9 chord) from top to bottom, goes like this:

Open D string.

3rd fret Bb on the G string.

1st fret C on the B string.

1st fret F on the E string.

The second chord is the exact same thing except you're adding a 3rd fret G on the low E string. It's not played with the thumb in Wendy's case, but if you have the thumb for it then you certainly can. That's the way Hendrix would've played it. The A string is not played. The second chord, (a Gm7add11) from bottom to top, goes like this:

3rd fret G on the E string

Open D string.

1st fret C on the B string.

1st fret F on the E string.

He got the next two chords correct. They're hard to play because of some big stretches, but Wendy played a short-scale Rickenbacker so it wouldn't have been impossible. The Fadd9 chord, incidentally, is the same chord shape movd up a few frets to give you the first chord of "Every Breath You Take" by the Police.

I speak the truth. I promise.

[Edited 3/29/15 9:25am]

We're close - but I feel like the first two chords include 1st fret on the D string... I'll try it your way and get back to you. That aside, everything else is the same. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. Just trying to be helpful. If you listen to the intro you can hear the D string vibrating. A first fret Eb on the D string would give you a suspended chord which, although potentially nice, isn't heard in that first chord. Not a bad call, but there's no Eb to be heard in that chord, (at least not in the intro).

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Reply #11 posted 03/31/15 5:55pm

10000Degrees

novabrkr said:

10000Degrees said:

novabrkr said: Not only are you completely wrong but you're arrogant about it? Wow!


I see you've replaced your original clip with a new one where you're playing the chords more like what they should be, but what you play at the end of the clip doesn't sound like the record or the live performances either.

Practise more before making tutorials. It's not arrogant to state that, as you just simply don't have what it takes to do these type of things just yet.

Incredible!

I played it exactly the same way kid!

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Reply #12 posted 03/31/15 5:56pm

10000Degrees

steakfinger said:

10000Degrees said:

steakfinger said: We're close - but I feel like the first two chords include 1st fret on the D string... I'll try it your way and get back to you. That aside, everything else is the same. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. Just trying to be helpful. If you listen to the intro you can hear the D string vibrating. A first fret Eb on the D string would give you a suspended chord which, although potentially nice, isn't heard in that first chord. Not a bad call, but there's no Eb to be heard in that chord, (at least not in the intro).

Cool!

Thanks!

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