How to Play Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock Part 1
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Free and Easy Guitar with Aaron Gallagher Presents: Learn how to Play Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock Part 1


Hey guys, what’s up? This is the third video I’ve done today and probably the one that, probably as most popular as the songs with the other two I did, So Far Away by Staind and Crush by David Archuleta earlier today. This video right now is called Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock. The reason I’m doing this video, I got a request from a guy named Phil Paul. He is a Sergeant Phil Paul. He is a US Army Cat Scout. He was in Iraq and actually he’s back in the US now. But he came to me a couple of days ago and we kind of corresponded through the YouTube mail. He’s’ got a really inspiring story. He’s actually going to be the first person that I want to put on my testimonials page on the website. So you probably have to wait until December 25th to read his whole story. Then I will have him write if he still wants to then, but this request is for Phil Paul and you know, I’ve just talked to him in message, so Phil if you’re watching man, you know I don’t know you very well but you’re a good guy and hope I get to meet you someday. So here’s the song, Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock. This song is actually sued in a lot of the same chords that the Chicken Frog by Zack Brown lesson that I taught you yesterday or the day before, I lose track, had on it. But the main chord progression you have is you’re in standard tuning. It’s going to go from E… to a B… to an A… back to E… And the strum pattern I’m using is down, down, down, up, up, down, up, down, down, up, switch, down, down, down, up, up, down, up, down, down, up, switch… ok. So the E, you guys probably know what an E is. Put your pointer finger, you got one, two, three, four, five, six, the way the strings are numbered. Third string up, is your G string, your pointer finger is on first fret. Then on the fourth string up, your ring finger is on the second fret, fifth string up. Your middle finger is on the fifth string up, second fret. So you have an open, and low E open, second fret, second fret, first fret, open, open. Alright, there is a little kind of note you hear at the beginning, sounds like this… all that is, is on the B string. He’s playing it open, hammer on the second fret. Ok, so if your start on E, I always play that… open B and hammer on the second fret with my pinky. That way you can keep your fingers on the E, ok. So it goes into the E. E starts out down, down, down, up, up, down, down, up, down, up, switch… and the chord you’re switching to is this B here, ok, so you’re going to bar on the second fret across the bottom five strings. This low E, you mute it. The way you mute it is by just taking the tip of your finger after you bar on the side or in moving that top of your fingers so it barely touches the E, ok. That way you’re pushing it to the side… and not down. So you’re keeping it, eliminating it from vibrating, ok. Then up here on the fourth fret, you’re going to bar across the G, D, E and the B strings, ok. The two middle strings and then this B string which is your second one up from the bottom. The way you’re going to do that is, ok, I showed this on a couple of the videos but I want to show it again. You have your ring finger here, ok. You can see the indentations from the core of the finger from the strings. The way you’re going to do that is you get your fingers like this, alright, instead of you want to bend it like this, just take your finger and bend it like this, alright, with your ring. And then take this thumb and push it up, alright. See how this knuckle flattens out and this one stays bent. That’s how you want to do all the major bar chords that are on, they have their base note on the E string… and this B is one them, alright. So you’re going to do that. This part of the finger is going to go across those three strings, and your high E will probably get muted by this right there. Don’t worry about it, alright. So you start on your E… then you slide up and I recommend doing this part first, ok, and then putting your bar on afterwards. I recommend putting your bar on the F to get your bottom fingers set up in any bar chords. It’s just me personally. I think it’s easier. So there you go. Fourth fret, the D, G, B strings, and then high E. You’ll notice that it kind of mutes too, don’t worry about it. And then you put that bar across the bottom five strings on the second fret… so that’s the B chord. Next one, you go to an A. You can come up here and make an A like this if you want… with your middle finger on the D string second fret, your pointer finger on the G string second fret, and your ring finger on the B string, second fret. The way I recommend it doing like that, it’s kind of like a triangle. Middle finger is on the top then the next string down is pointer, and the next string down is ring. Because if you go to an E from here, all you do is slide your pointer finger up. You’re already on the right string and these two go here. Aldo, when you do it like in order, your pointer finger always ends up far away from the D string on the fret. You want to try and keep your fingers as close as you can on the fret. So if you do it this way… it works better, ok. So I have my middle finger here, pointer finger here, ring finger here, ok. So you can either do that, or you can just play a bar… it’s up to you to pick where you’re at, you know. Ok, same strum patterns before and then you go back to this E to finish. So to start the whole thing together, it goes E, B, A, E so… ok. It continues that all through the verse and through the chorus…