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How To Play Self Control By Frank Ocean

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8 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction To Self Control By Frank Ocean

    • 2. The Intro

    • 3. The Verse

    • 4. The Bridge

    • 5. The Solo Chords

    • 6. The Solo

    • 7. The Outro Chord Sequence

    • 8. Finishing Up

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About This Class

A detailed walkthrough on the various parts of Frank Ocean's 'Self Control'. In this short series we look at the various chords used, fills and techniques, as well as the solo at the end of the piece. 

This song can teach you;

  • Extended harmony/chords
  • Arpeggios and fills
  • Right hand techniques including fingerstyle and plectrum work
  • Intermediate concepts such as hammer ons, pull offs, bends and slides.

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Heart of Gold

Teaching Cool Guitar Licks!


My name is Andrew McDowell, with my internet handle being Heart Of Gold.

Im going to be uploading some Neo soul, jazz, Lofi and Pop guitar lessons for all levels to test your skills! 

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1. Introduction To Self Control By Frank Ocean: Hey guys, today I'm gonna be teaching you Self-Control by Frank Ocean. We're gonna be looking at the intro, the verse loop, the bridge, the chords underneath the solo and the solo itself. Let's jump in. 2. The Intro: Self-control starts with a B minor seventh chord, that is six space 66. And I'm gonna play that chord using a first finger that's flattened off. Our right hand is not using any plectrum. And we've got clean tone with some cortisol. Now I'm using a variety of thumb AND chord Soviet calling that base using your thumb and then chord using your fingers, which is the middle notes of the chord, so base part. And then as we play the chord again, we're going to be hammering onto each thread using our third finger on the G string. We're then going to be going to an E-flat chord. It looks like this. 653 on the AD and G strings. And I'm using three fingers is quite a stretch. Then our Fell is 666665, 654. So then we have a card, the slaves down and that as eight on the G and ten on the d at the same time. So far we have. 3. The Verse: Our first card on our actual verse loot is an a flat major seven. Now I'm a big fan of justice there, so I'm going to steal one of his hammer runs for this chord. Let's as an end, the actual song by regulated. This is a flat major seven, which is four space 55 for using my thumb over the top of the guitar. Now I'm doing Hex on my right-hand on beats 24 sometimes. So. And what justice dare does, as he hammers on to sixth fret on the B string from the four. So from 46 using his pinky. Then we're coming down to an F minor seventh chord. F minor seven as first finger flattened over the whole of first fret with the third finger on the third fret of the a string. Now there's a little hammer on there. I'll walk you through that. So it's going to be base to another base. And then we're gonna do a hammer on, on the D string. Now this is from one to three using your pinky on the D. Then we're gonna play the E string after that suits. After that, we're calling back to a B-flat minor seven chord, which is again first finger over all of 63. And we're going to be doing another CDs of Fells here. We're going to be hammering on the sixth to the eighth fret of the G string. And then we're going to be doing it again on the D string. I'm going to show you that one more time. So that's base base. Base based fell. But coming back to our E-flat court here. So that's 653 on the ADG strings. We've already played this one. And here's our next film. So that's from the five and the three on the D and G strings are going to slide them up. The middle finger goes up one frame, and then first finger goes up to phrase. And you come back to the 53 again. And then do that one more time. But end up here. So it's only 5365. That concludes our verse for this, I'm going to, for you fill take of the verse to give us sort of feel. Try and play alone. Throughout that verse. I'm trying to use my right hand to do little drums on to E14 throughout that sequence. If you're struggling to put those drums and to your own playing, simplify the cards and take away the films. So that would just leave it to be a flat major seven. F minor, B-flat minor seven flat. And just try and play cards and drums. Drums being the right-hand precaution on the guitar. Once you've got both of those elements together, chai adding in the fills as you're trying to add the fills and it needs to sound really relaxed. So try and keep all of the notes going as long as possible. Let them ring out. It should feel really relaxed. 4. The Bridge: The next card sequence is actually the bridge, and it's just before the solo. The cards here change in the sound. Soreness is going to be B-flat minor seven again. So that would be all of six threat. Then we're going to go to a C-sharp major seven. Now this is a new chord, which is going to be first finger on the ninth of the thickest string. Then two tens and the middle of the guitar, the D and the G strings. So first chord, then we're going to E-flat court. Up here is the same shape as our E-flat court. So that would be 11th threat on the a string, ten threat on the D string, and eighth fret on the g. Then we are going to play an octave lower. And on thicker strings as still an, a flat chord. But it's just going to be 466 as a power cord on the thickest three strings for 66. And we're going to look that four times. 5. The Solo Chords: I'm gonna teach you the cards underneath the solo for self-control first and then we'll look at the soloist self. The soul was a little bit ready, so we're going to look out for that. The cards to start with our E-flat major seven. We wanted to get a really nice big fool sound on our a flat major seven. So four space 55 for the really easy change into the next card, because it's C minor seven. G minor seven has a lot of the fingers already on the SIM card. C minor seven as 3534, and I'm borrowing that first finger and the middle for strings of the guitar, or the next chord as a G flat 13 chord, really, really fancy chord, but it's lovely as well. Our first finger is on second fret of the E string. Then we're going to skip a string and play for under D. Three on the G, and four on the B gives a bit of a darker sound, but it's really an ace. Our last card is R, F minor seven, again, the same one as in our verse. So it's 131111234, C minor 7234234, G flat 13234234, F minor 73234. So there I'm arpeggiating, my cards are just filling up broken chord. Makes them quickly. Because this is the biggest moment in the song really. We're trying to make it sound as sparkly and as beautiful as possible. We're doing two strongest pair car to me. 6. The Solo: For our Solo, we're gonna use a plectrum relevant fingers for the first time in this song. And I believe it's actually a vocal soloed, transcribed onto guitar. And it sounds great. We're going to start with 16 Freda. And we're going to slide it to 18 fret on the B string. If you want to put some distortion on for this and maybe about delay, I think it sounds really effective. The vocal solo itself has a lot of gain on. It, sounds very fuzzy. So from the 16th fret on the B string up to the 18th. Then we're gonna come back to the 16 threat and then play the third 13th fret on the same string. Then we're coming to the 15th fret of the G. And then the 13 threats that G. Then we're gonna play 15 on the d. And then that was 15171513 on the G string. I'm sliding up to this, the 17th. So far our first bar sums like this. Our next level phrase is quite a short 115 to 17 on the G string, slight, it is your middle finger to play 16th fret on the B, and then come back to 13th fret on the G. Our next bar is 16 frame up on the E string, so it's a nice big jump. And then back to 1516 phantom, that be 13th fret on the E, and then 15 to 17 on the G. So far the solo sounds events. And we're going to play Ferentino on the g, then 16 on the beam, and then 15. And then we're going to play 15 on the G again. And we're going to bend up, bring it back down, and then go to 13th threat. If you've never done a band before, Cutler, nice rules to try and keep, keep on track of. Keep your thumbnails and high in the guitars you'd get something to grip with your fingertips and uses many fingers as you can get behind this string. If you can use three fingers, L sound nice and strong and very in control. And if you're using one finger l feel like a really spec struggle to push that no, up there. Our next bar is probably the hardest spar and the solo. It's going to start with a 13 on the G, nice and quickly moving on to the 16 on the b. That's a band up, damps bend back down. Then 13 on the beat. Then 15 on the g band up, bend back down and go back to 13. Our last bar and solo sounds like vents. That's 13, g, 15, 14-15 on the D. Back to 13 and the G. And then 15th, banding up things eyebrow at the top of the band and keeping it there. 7. The Outro Chord Sequence: Or out true as the exact same cards as an hour solo. So that's a flat major seven. C minor seven. D flat 13, F minor. 8. Finishing Up: Again, I hope that was helpful and probably be doing some more frank Ocean tutorials in cash on an exon.