Hello my friends tuned to TV CIFRAS
peace and wellness to you all
and answering to several requests from our youtube channel
I'm bringing the song The Final Countdown to this video class
from the band Europe
so once again let's watch the execution of the whole song
and in a short while I'll discuss the song's sections ok
so let's get to it ..
this song is played in the F minor sharp key
where I like to point out two important observations
in relation to the whole song
there isn't too many difficulties in the rhythmic and melodic parts
since you're only going to use power chords the whole time
but the interesting in the rhythm is the picking known as cavalgada
a kind of nickname given by many guitarists
as it remind us the sound of running horses
and much utilized by Iron maiden and other heavy metal bands
so to start let's check the introduction's tablature
I've organized the introduction into two parts
you'll watch the first part followed by the second
where I've adapted the keyboards originally done in the first part ok
followed by the original guitar's arrangement done in the second ok
so let's watch it ...
when I'd prepared to do this introduction's video class
I've taken the initiative to adapt the keyboards to a guitar
since this is a well noted introduction
so imagine if you play in a band without a keyboardist
and you decide to do the introduction
I've prepared that small arrangement to you
so let's get to the details ...
we have the same phrases four times in the introduction
I've tried to do it twice without the G sharp in the guitar
detected in the original arrangement listen ...
I've jumped the G sharp ok
but for the third and fourth time I'll play it though
ok just in order to make it a bit more interesting
now at the end be careful with the left hand's fingers look
I make sure to go to the seventh house with finger two
because of the conclusive phrase listen ...
check it out ... to do it all right?
at this time we've got to the introduction's second part
which is a section well used in the song's refrain
so at this moment it is important the guitar's calling
you could make a slide at this high region
bringing with finger one look ...
and landing here at F minor sharp this chord's power chord
now this slide doesn't have a defined spot ok
you just can't miss the tempo look
now pay attention to this picking
to make it more interesting you need to alternate the picking
now let's get to the details
we have a quadruple meter look ...
one two three four , one two three four , one two three four
you may open the power chord sound as you begin every one ok
but for the remaining meter you'll mute it here
by the floyd
here on top of the string ok
where you'll encounter this type of sound
a bit darker of each note look
because if your hand is moved forward the sound would be dirtier
there wouldn't be a height definition so to speak
so the hand has to be well positioned at the Floyd
in the time you'll mute the strings look ...
now for the cavalgada type of sound for the remaining power chord
you don't need to do it with both strings in this power chord
just in the fundamental note look ...
I've added keyboard phrases on several guitar parts
in order to have more fun playing the guitar
and without compromising the arrangement
as you fall into the introduction's ending
we have exactly this sound here look ...
up to here no problem right?
but I've added this phrase here look
which is not present in the original arrangement
I've taken this from the keyboards ok
you could do it in case you don't have a keyboardist
and the song will be just like in the original arrangement
so right at this time we enter the verse one
and we have the presence of two verses
so I'll show you the verse one's tablature
there are few differences from verse one and two
and you'll notice it as we go along
now I find the most difficult to execute the first verse
which is not a technical aspect since it is an easy part ok
but it is to not get tempted to do something
doing these four quadruple meters
where you do just the F sharp power chord look
during this time look four meters
don't get too anxious to do any movement and or
throw something fancy there - be careful
as John Norum didn't do it right
so let's follow our great master's example
exactly to give the song a suspense climax
so the lyrics can get started and then the guitar
to grow in it as the song goes along
so at this time you've practically four meters
on top of this chord ok
and way later we fall in B look
throwing a muted sixth string look
going back look
after the passing notes
we start the cavalgada picking type again look
now when you get to A passage G sharp and F
only in A beginning you may open the power chord
not the rest
now you may open on D
here I've decided not to open the chord's rhythmic part
justly because it is a passing section and
in order to leave an organizational aspect to the arrangement
now we'll watch the video where I'll execute
the song's first refrain a short and easy one
let's get to know it ...
to be continued ..