Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guitar chords and lyrics for The Kinks "Lola" and "Waterloo Sunset"

I created my website PJs Guitar Chords and Lyrics 15 years ago.

Things were a lot different then, pages loaded very slowly, images, videos etc. were a huge overhead for a web designer trying to make their pages accessible for their visitors. My approach to this was to create web pages for each artist and genre on my site, with a list of the songs I've worked out, but with each song page being a plain text file, which loaded very quickly, and could be printed easily.

I'm now about 1/3 way through a project to convert these text files into web pages. This allows me to include links back to the artist and main pages, and also to embed videos of the songs, so that you can play along with the originals while you learn the songs.

Initially I looked on this as a 'chore', but by only taking two songs at a time from each artist, I managed to keep it interesting, and 'dug up' some treasures I had almost forgotten about myself. I'm checking out each song by playing along myself, to catch any 'doozers' and also to make sure I have the song in the original key ( or have transposed it, and shown which fret to use the capo on)

So today's artists are The Kinks, and I've given the 'makeover' to two of their most popular songs, "Lola" and "Waterloo Sunset", you can check them out at the links below.

I've also embedded the video links for the songs, so you can play along with the original and get a good feel for how the song should sound, guitar strumming patterns etc.

"Lola" features the chords C D E A Asus4 ( x02230 ), B, F#m, B7, C#m and G#m ( see Guitar Chords for Lola )

"Waterloo Sunset" can be played with A7, D, A, G, Em, G, B, E, E7 and A7 chords ( see Guitar Chords for Waterloo Sunset )

I've added these transcription to the other Kinks songs on the page, you can find them all at the link below:

Guitar chords and lyrics to songs by The Kinks

Video - The Kinks "Lola"

Video - The Kinks "Waterloo Sunset"
Play along with the videos above to help you learn the tempo, strumming etc.

Go to CDUniverse to browse The Kinks albums and other works: The Kinks music at CD Universe

If you're looking to improve your guitar playing, check out my friend Dan Denley's great Acoustic Guitar Lessons site.

Enjoy your music!

P.J. Murphy
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