Guitarist Chad Taylor started the band we now know as Live over twenty years ago in high school. Raised on the sounds of R.E.M. and other 80s college-circuit groups, they have emerged as one of the most striking and popular of today’s alternative rock outfits. All Over You is a current favorite, and a definitive example of collaborative songwriting. The story goes that Chad and singer Ed were working on the tune together the old-fashioned way, guitars in hand, face-to-face. What Ed had written as the chorus, Chad perceived as “a weird verse.” In responding, he tried to make up a fitting chorus, and came up with the D and F# chords which axe now in the verse. At one point in the process, they realized what was going on, arranged the song differently and “the two parts came together instantly.”
Tune all strings down one half step.
The chorus figure, Rhy. Fig. 1, is also heard in the intro. It’s played with distortion and composed of four barre chords; G, F#, Bm and Dsus2, and an open A chord. Note that the common barre chord shape used for G and F# major has the same fingering form as Bm. The change from F# to Bm merely requires transposing the shape to the next set of strings (Fig. 1). Most of the chords are strummed. The exception is Dsus2, which receives an arpeggiated treatment. Hold the chord form and pick out the individual tones in this repeating three-note pattern: 1st string, 2nd string, 3rd string (repeat).
The main verse rhythm part, by contrast, is played with a clean tone and features an arpeggiated chord approach. Similar voicings are used; Dsus2, A, F#, as well as an open G chord. A particularly nice touch is the hammer-on/pull-off suspension ornament on the open A chord. Here, fret the A chord as a barre with your index finger. This facilitates the move by allowing the second finger to hammer-on and pull-off over the barred shape [Fig. 2].
The interlude is metallic and crunchy. The chord changes are chromatic and eerie in this section with the progression E5-F#5-Fmaj7#11. Don’t let the name of that last chord intimidate you – it’s a common guitar voicing used by a score of guitarists from rocker Ed Van Halen to classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. The voicing is idiomatic to the guitar – the result of playing an F major chord (like a barre chord shape) with the open B and E strings [Fig. 3]. This is a great way to expand and add color to a common chord form. Experiment on your own with other versions of this idea in different positions. A few forms that work well are F# (2nd fret), A (5th fret), B (7th fret) and C (8th fret). Check ’em out.
It’s a part of Live All Over You guitar tab and sheet.
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