[VIDEO LESSON] Learn to Easily Strum the Chords of Free Falling by Tom Petty on Acoustic Guitar

This is a fantastic and easy lesson by Marty Schwartz for beginners to learn a highly melodic chord progression from “Free Falling” by Tom Petty.

The Chords that you would need to learn to play “The Free Falling” by Tom Petty are E Major, A Suspended 2nd, B Suspended 4th, G Major, D Major and A Major.

Suspended (Sus) Chords Formulae

Both Suspended 2nd and 4th Chords are derived from a Major Scale (just like the Major Chords). So if you know the Major Scale formula, half the job is done.

Major Scale Formula – W-W-H-W-W-W-H (where W is a Whole Step or Whole Tone and H is a Half Step or Semi-Tone)

Suspended 2nd Chord Formula is 1-2-5 (1st, 2nd and 5th Notes of a Major Scale)

Suspended 4th Chord Formula is 1-4-5 (1st, 4th and 5th Notes of a Major Scale)

Deriving “ASus2” Chord

For deriving Asus2 chord, first, we need to have the A Major Scale notes with us. By applying the Major Scale Formula, we get the A Major Scale Notes as A B C# D E F# G# A

Now by applying the Suspended 2nd Chord formula to A Major Scale, we get the Asus2 Chord notes as A-B-E.

Deriving “BSus4” Chord

For deriving the BSus4th chord, we need to first derive the B Major Scale. By applying the Major Scale Formula, we get the B Major Scale notes as B C# D# E F# G# A# B

Now all we need to do is apply the Suspended 4th Chord Formula to the B Major Scale and we get the BSus4th Chord Notes as B-E-F#

Major Chords in this Video Lesson

By applying the formula of Major Scale to the corresponding Major Scales we get the 4 Major Chord notes, as follows

E Major Chord: E, G#, B

G Major Chord: G B D

D Major Chord: D, F#, A

A Major Chord: A, C#, E

I am sure the music theory would really help you in understanding the lesson in much depth and make it more interesting. Have fun and enjoy this video!

Please do leave your comments to let me know your thoughts and feedback about this lesson.

If you are a Tom Petty fan, you may also want to check out this interesting lesson on Tom Petty inspired chord progression.

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