|Hawkwind Guitar Tuition
|Lesson 3; Chords for 'Space Is Deep"
What on earth, you may ask, do D7, D7sus4 and Am(add11) look like when they're at home?? Fear not, Uncle
Starfarer has pictures for you:
A nice easy one, using fingering of xx0212
Put your index finger on the 1st fret of the 2nd string,
then your middle finger (the one you flip people off with)
on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. :Last of all, put your
ring finger on the 2nd fret of the 1st string.
Don't strum the 5th or 6th strings when you play this
chord. And now that you've played it, keep your hand
and fingers exactly where they are!
(Guitar shown here is an Ibanez Talman electro-acoustic)
Sounds worse than it is. This chord uses fingering of
You get to this chord having previously played D7,
above. All you have to do to get to D7sus4 is drop your
little finger (pinkie) down onto the 3rd fret of the 1st
string. Not too tough.
Once again, don't strum the 5th or 6th strings when you
play this chord. And don't move your hand till I tell you,
|Am (add 11)
Pronounced as "A-minor, add eleven". Don't ask me
why it's called this. The fingering is xx0210
In Space Is Deep, the chord progression is D7 -
D7sus4 - D7 - Am(add11) - D7Sus4 - D7. So you
arrive at Am(add11) from D7. From that chord, lift
your ring finger off the fretboard completely, and
To get back to D7sus4, put your little finger on the 3rd
fret of the 1st string.
Joe Loehr contributed to this lesson, thank you Joe!
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|Lesson 4: Chords for 'We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago"
More appalling chord names here, C#7/B, C#7/6 and C#7. As with Space Is Deep in the previous lesson, it's not
too difficult to play these once you find the right place on the neck and know where to put your fingers. In this
song the sequence is C#7/B, then C#7/6 and then C#7, so they're shown in that order below;
We start with the worst one, played as x46467.
First, barre all the strings at the 4th fret. You're not
going to play the 6th (lowest-pitched) string, so try to
angle your index finger slightly to mute it, as I have in
the photo on the right.
Now drop your 2nd finger down on the 4th string at the
6th fret, and put your 3rd / ring finger on the 2nd
string, also at the 6th fret. Your first three fingers are
now where they're going to stay for all three of the
chords in this progression. Drop the little finger / pinkie
onto the 1st (highest-pitched) string at the 7th fret.
This is easy to get to from the preceding chord. All you
have to do is slide your little finger down a fret, from
the 7th fret to the 6th.
Note in these pictures how the 3rd finger, which is also
at the 6th fret, is pulled back a little way from the fret,
making some space for the little finger to slot in
alongside it. These photos were taken with me playing
a modern Strat, which has an average width neck. My
hands are on the delicate side because I'm so artistic (!),
but I'm also a pretty mediocre guitar player. So if I can
do this, you can too.
This chord can be written out as: x46466. (See Lesson
1 at the top of the page for an explanation of this.)
A piece of cake. The fingering is x46464.
From the previous chord, just lift your little finger off
the fretboard altogether - this means the 1st string is
now being fretted at the 4th fret by the barre.
You can, in fact, just use C#7 alone instead of this
chord sequence, - it'll sound OK as the vocals carry the
melody line. If you're going to do this, an easier
fingering is 9_11_9_10_9_9: use the index finger to
barre all strings at the 9th fret, put your second finger
on the 3rd string
|Lesson 1; Fundamentals
|Lesson 2; Space Boogie
|Lesson 5: Alternate Chords for 'We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago"
|Thanks to Joe Loehr who came up with the following
chord progression for 'We Took The Wrong Step Years
Ago'. It requires the use of a capo on the 1st fret and
provides an easier way of playing this number, for those
who found Lesson 4 to be an uncomfortable stretch. It
also has the side-effect of changing the key of the song
from C#7 to C#, and I actually prefer the way it sounds
as a result, even if it's "wrong".
I am going to describe the fingering for each chord
ignoring the existence of the capo. Where you see the
number 1 given in the fretting sequence, you should
think of that as an open string, since the capo is taking
care of it for you.
This, the first chord of the sequence, is played as
This is played as x4x321, which is easier than it
sounds. You get here from the preceding C#7 chord by
moving your middle finger from the 4th string to the
3rd string, where it stays on the 3rd fret. This is a very
simple move. Simultaneously, you lift your little finger
clear of the fretboard.
Now, there is one more thing you have to do. Note that
the 4th string is not played on this chord. As the two
strings either side of it are played, you have to mute the
4th string. This is very easy, because all you have to do
is nudge your middle finger very slightly forward, i.e.
towards your face. You're still going to be fretting the
3rd string at the 3rd fret with this finger, but will nudge
the finger (and the string with it) forward until your
fingernail makes contact with the 4th string, thereby
muting it. If you look carefully at the photo to the left,
you can just see the edge of the 3rd fret dot marker
slightly in front of my middle finger.
Really easy to get to from the preceding C6 chord. All
you have to do is pick your middle finger up from the
3rd string and plonk it down on the 4th string, still at
the 3rd fret. Nothing else changes. The fingering is
Now, look back over these three chords, and in
particular at the notes that are being played on the 3rd
string. These actually carry the melody. In Lesson 4,
we carried the melody on the 1st string, going from the
7th fret to the 6th to the 4th. The corresponding notes
are B, Bb and G#.
Here, we are playing the 3rd string at the 4th, 3rd and
1st frets respectively. The notes to be found at these
frets on this string are B, Bb and G# - in other words,
the same as in Lesson 4 (although pitched an octave