"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Guitar Lesson – Fingerstyle Percussive Rhythm



friends and welcome back to Swift lessons for another buyer request song tutorial in today's session we're gonna be digging way back into American history learning an old spiritual from the 1860s in total swing low Sweet Chariot so this is a tune that I grew up singing so I thought I'd make my own arrangement for it in the key of B and we're going to be mixing together various percussive finger style techniques you can follow along using my tablet at patreon.com slash book lessons become a member there to gain access to a ton of extra resources for all my popular youtube guitar lessons now let's get started what did I see come on carry me home a band of angels come nap to me comfort carry me swing low Sweet Chariot coming for to carry me home swing low Sweet Chariot coming for to carry me home we'll begin there before I do you comfort gave me to all my friends and come home to come for to carry me home swing low Sweet Chariot coming for to carry me home swing low Sweet Chariot coming for to carry me Oh okay close look at the fretboard we're in standard tuning key of B major and we're gonna get started learning the chords we're gonna be needing for this tune it's very basic just a one four five progression in the key of B though we're going to be thrown in some optional passing chords so your first chord B major very simple I've got the second fret of the a string and I'm barring on the D G and B strings fourth fret B major next we need to go to the four chord in this key e dominant seven I got the second fret of the a-string and first fret of the g-string for ye seven okay then the five chord in this key f-sharp dominant seven okay for this cord I've got my thumb nice and love to the index finger straightens I've got my ring finger on the fourth fret of the a-string and my middle finger on the second fret of the g string pulling back with booth arms pressing my chest into the guitar for extra pressure f-sharp dominant seven okay so there's your one four five progression in the key of B but we're going to be throwing in some extra chords here and there the first of those two extra chords is going to be the minor six chord G sharp minor seven which we're going to be using as a walk down to the five chord okay so for this chord I've got the fourth fret of the low E string and again just like the B chord I'm borrowing across the D G and B strings with my ring finger okay the a string is muted and so is the high E string G sharp minor 7 okay and the second optional chord shape that we have is going to be a different version of the five chord okay it's going to be F sharp Augmented one of my favorite shapes very cool very jazzy okay so for this chord which kind of gives us a lot attention to drive us back to the one chord we're gonna have the index finger barn across the second fret then my middle and my ring fingers are going to be positioned on the third fret of the g string and B string okay f-sharp Augmented ok playing through a stripped down version of the course seeing how these changes line up with lyrics so getting start with the B major chord swing low Sweet Chariot comin for Carrie as that augmented swing low Sweet Chariot comin for to carry me home okay so we want to memorize that now we're ready to move on to learning some fingerstyle technique okay breaking down how to perform the verse and the chorus sections we have two lines of tablature I'm gonna get started demonstrating line number one going into the first measure of line number two it's gonna sound like this one two three four okay we'll stop right there we're gonna break that down measure by measure okay jumping into measure number one again it sounds like this okay so my thumb is designated to the low strings and remember that my index middle and ring are dedicated to the g string B string and high E string my thumb gets us started on the a string 2nd fret then a double pluck G and B slap the strings go back to the a string back to the high strings G and B and then slap again before playing the low E string open to set up the e dominant seven chord okay you put that together and we have measure 1 okay now a measure to is gonna sound like this alright that got us into measure three we hit that low e-string finishing up measure one then we're gonna do a hammer on in the g string and then play the open B string okay that's exactly what you're gonna play over all these East seven chord shapes alright and go back to the slap and the B major chord open a string and then the second fret of the a string followed by those highs four and four on the G and B string that doesn't quite finish up the measure so far you have all right then we slap and then play the open a string which is just being used to kind of get us to the second fret of like a walk-up kind of funky way of walking up to the root note of the B chord okay that's two measures of music right there I'm gonna play it real slow that way you can get it so we have the B chord right there we're getting start with measure number three basically going to be identical to the first measure but we're gonna be throwing in that G sharp minor seven chord right at the end so measure three okay so that part's pretty simple so we had the a string the highs slap alright then second fret a string again back to the G and B and then the G sharp minor seven chord grabbing the low E string g string and B string all at once their triple pluck okay that's three measures of music measure one all right then on to the fourth and final measure of line number one we're gonna have alright again that open a string finishing up that measure and then getting you back to the root of the B chord okay so that began with the f-sharp dominant seven chord you hit the root the high is G and B slap into position back to the root note F sharp and then we're gonna grab the G and B strings of the F sharp Augmented chord okay now if you want to bar the strings then you can get that dominant 7 in there on the D string on your upstroke but otherwise you can just fret the 2nd fret of the low E string and then grab the third fret of the G and B string for ease from there you're gonna do another slap and then play the open a string to set up the next measure and B you put that together and we've got okay now let's play all of line number one okay tie in together four measures of music getting start with the B major nice slow tempo one two three four and B B G sharp F sharp okay now we're ready to move on to line number two okay moving on to line number two great news here the first two measures are the exact same as the first two measures of line number one so you have that beat chord the e7 okay now that gets you two lines three and four which is gonna be very simple it should sound like this okay so very simple we're basically just going back and forth between the one the five and the one B F sharp B okay so the beast' note followed by the highs a slap alright then played the open E string and then the second fret so far you have in measure number three alright set up your f sharp seven chord go straight to the highs alright so then slap again and then play the open a string let's measure three right there so beefs high flat beefs beefs high flat piece a string now finish up on measure number four we're gonna play beasts high slap bass high and slap to finish up that entire routine there okay so now I'm gonna play through all of line number two then we're going to play the entire chord progression for this verse and chorus section alright playing all the way through line number two starting with that beat chord nice slow tempo one two three four Mb okay now let's tie that into line number one we're gonna play the entire chord progression for the verse and chorus sections okay playing through at a nice slow tempo with lyrics one two three swing low Sweet Chariot comin for to carry Sweet Chariot comin for to carry me just like that alright friends thanks so much for checking out this lesson on swing low Sweet Chariot I hope you enjoyed it let me know what you think in the comments down below big thanks to my supporters at patreon.com slash whip lessons hope you enjoy and all those extra resources and thanks to you guys I got many more lessons coming up so keep checking in please subscribe please share this is Robert Swift guitar lessons in Philadelphia saying happy picking doing

18 thoughts on “"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Guitar Lesson – Fingerstyle Percussive Rhythm”

  1. Thank you so much for all you do, I'm fairly new to playing and have already used two of your videos to learn two songs I always wanted to be able to play! If you could someday do the song Canadee-i-o by Nice Jones that would be amazing! There are some videos on YouTube going over some techniques for the song but nothing that goes note by note like you do and I just can't figure it out on my own just watching someone else play through it! Thanks again, your channel is superb!

  2. Hello i love your videos, even if i'm french i understand.
    Would it be possible to get a tutorial for my father's eyes unplugged version from eric Clapton

  3. As a rugby fan, this was not the swing low sweet chariot i expect 😂
    Nice job, as usual ! Thank you for what you share with us, you're perfect 👌

  4. I came back again… Awesome video…. Am waiting your next videos….. Very help full video.. Thx sir again thx…. Love from India 🇮🇳….

  5. Mr Swift you think that one day you could do singing lessons? no other YouTuber as done anything like that right and I have a good feeling you could be a amazing singing teacher

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