[VIDEO LESSON] Learn to Play Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car Chords on Acoustic Guitar

Fast Car is a pretty easy, yet highly soothing song by Tracy Chapman taught to you by Marty Schwartz, one of the most popular guitar tutors on Youtube.com.

Well, to be frank, this is one of the best video guitar lessons I have found on the Youtube that teaches you Fast Car by Tracy Chapman in a simple, easy to follow manner.

This song is nothing really complex. All you need to know is a C Major, E Minor, D Major and a G Major Chords.

In this post, will quickly tell you how to derive all of these chords.

Major Scale Formula

To derive Major Chords, you must know how to build a Major Scale first.

The formula for building a Major Scale is W-W-H-W-W-W-H.

Then you need to apply this formula to derive the C Major Scale and G Major Scale.

Once you get that, you have to just apply the Major Chord Formula i.e. 1-3-5 (1st, 3rd and 5th notes of a Major Scale) to the C Major and G Major scales to derive the 2 Major Chords which are the C Major Chord and G Major Chord.

Deriving C, D and G Major Chords

If you apply the Major Scale Formula properly, you get the

  • C Major Scale notes as C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C,
  • D Major Scale notes as D E F#G A B C# D and
  • G Major Scale notes as G A B C D E F# G.

After that, apply the Major Chord Formula on these scales to derive the C Major Chord and G Major Chord respectively. That’s it! You are all set to play “Fast Car”!

  • C Major Chord: C-E-G
  • G Major Chord: G-B-D
  • D Major Chord: D, F#, A

Deriving ‘E Minor’ Chord

By applying the Major Scale formula, we get the E Major Scale notes as E F#G# A B C#D# E.

The chord formula for deriving a Minor Chord is 1-b3-5 (1st, Flattened 3rd and 5th notes of a Major Scale). By applying this formula, we get the E Minor Chord notes as E-G-B.

I am sure you will find this video lesson much easier now since you know the hows and whys of it. Music theory is very important for mastering any musical instrument, be it Guitar, Piano or Flute.

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