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How to Play THE IMPERIAL MARCH (From Star Wars) on Guitar

Megan Jeffery

How to Play THE IMPERIAL MARCH (From Star Wars) on Guitar

Megan Jeffery

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5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:59
    • 2. Lesson 1: The Opening

      4:08
    • 3. Lesson 2: The Melody

      4:29
    • 4. Lesson 3: The Melody Pt. 2

      4:55
    • 5. Conclusion & Going Forward

      0:42
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Learn how to play The Imperial March on guitar by John Williams from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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1. Introduction: Hello everyone and welcome to today's lesson. You're going to be learning how to play the imperial march from the 1918 masterpiece, Star Wars absurd five, The Empire Strikes Back. The song is amazing and as by the greatest composer, conductor of all time, Mr. John Williams. So the lessons are going to be structured so that every part of the song is broken down for you. So how long does the lessons, if you're ready to learn? If not, stay tuned because I will play this for you and show you how it's supposed to sound like. So that is how it's played. And without further ado, like I said, please head on over to the lessons you're going to learn how to play the sovereign, different broken nouns, sections from start all the way to the finish. Of course, this song was originally played on trombones and French horns, and it's a big brassy sound, but that's no reason why you can't learn how to master this incredible song on the acoustic guitar or on the electric guitar, On the classical guitar and metal. What kind of guitar you are owning and playing, right this very second as you're learning this song. So please do stay tuned and remember that this can be a bit complicated at times, but it is very much worth it. And even if you're a beginner, I believe that you can absolutely ace this song. So best of luck, and without further ado, let's begin. 2. Lesson 1: The Opening : Okay, so welcome to lesson one, and this lesson is pretty simple. All we're gonna do is learn the introduction which uses to power cords. I'm gonna play it for you first and then I'm going to break down fingerings and the left-hand, if you're obviously a right-handed guitarist. And I'm also gonna show you how to apply it with your picking hand. It sounds like this. It's got that real patchiness to it. You know that the iconic imperial sound, that's like a driving the military kind of rhythm to it. So it starts with a G power chord, which we start with our index finger on the third fret of the low string, the eStream. You can place it there. Now asks for the second note. It's really up to you whether you use your ring finger or your pinky, and you can place it on the fifth fret. I'm gonna use my pinky by the way, because that's just how I liked to play personally. So I'm gonna play the fifth fret of the a string, which is the second string down from the top. So we have, this is the E string where we place our index finger on this low string. And I pink, you just goes on the fed from underneath them. So index on the third fret of the low string and our pink on the fifth fret of the a string. And now I use a technique called PAR meeting, whereby I placed my palm right here by the bridge of the guitar. If you're playing an acoustic and you just gently palm, and so it's got the sweet and sour. And the reason I use this is because it's got a patchiness to it. They you you don't have if you play it loose. It's still there but it hasn't got that kick to it that we need if you want to play this self-driving imperial march. So I go down, down, down, up, down, up, and then back down. So, and then our second chord is going to start on the sixth fret of the a string, the second Street down from this low string. If that's E, Then the next amongst a. Okay, so indexing on the sixth fret, so 123456. And then again, you use your pinky to play the oropharynx fingers to play the eighth fret of the destruction of the third string down from the top. So if I just show you that, it's like they're, so we have the index finger on the second Friday string, and I pinky on the eighth fret of the D string. And we're going to apply the same method. You palm, palm flat on the edge of the strings. Professor, two hydrogens completely metered. You just want to gently place and then you go. So it's quick to turn up. And I guess the challenging part of this first part of the song is from going from the third fret to the SEC threat. So before practicing the actual strumming of this try going from this power cord. So this one. To recap, it's the third fret of the low string, the fifth fret of the a string. And then we go to the sixth fret of the a string. And product pinky on the eighth fret, which is two frets out from it, but one stream down on the D string and sounds like this. You may have noticed I do occasionally use my ring finger. I guess that's a little bit of sloppy playing from me, but to be more consistent with what I've shown you. So you play that rhythm two times. And then we move on to the next part of the sandwiches, the iconic actual rhythm part of it. So please go to the next video and I'll show you how to do that. 3. Lesson 2: The Melody: Welcome to the next lesson in this series that teaches you how to pay the imperial march. So, so far we've just learned that little marching. But at the beginning of the song. And in this lesson we're going to start learning the melody, which is the next part. I'm going to pick two u, one slowly, and then I'm going to teach it to you. So it should sound something like this. Sounds simple, right? I hope so. So let's get to it. We're going to start here on the fifth fret of the D string, which is the third stream down from the low string. So you've got this large string and the next one which is the a. And then the data stage during pass your index finger on the fifth fret here. And you're gonna play that three times. Next, you're gonna move your middle finger up to the sixth fret of the a string, which is the second string down from the low note. So we start here. So that's what we're gonna do after this, is we're going to move down to the third from the G string, which is the fourth string down from the loan out. So 1234 when playing the G string. And then we're gonna move our ring finger up to the fifth fret of the D string, the third string down. So, so far we have fun. You're gonna get back to the SEC threats with your middle finger of the a string. And repeat that last bit, which is the third fret of the G string, and the fifth fret of the D string. So altogether we have. Next we're gonna move our index finger to the seventh from G string. Played out three times. The newline play in the eighth fret with your middle finger of the same string, the G string. Once. Then you're gonna move your index finger up to the eighth fret of the D string. And then you're gonna move your middle finger up to the ninth fret of the a string. So let me break that down. 1231. Okay? Then you're going to play the a string set sixth front, sorry, with your index finger. Phenol, the distribution, the next string down, you're going to place your ring finger on the eighth fret. And then the fifth fret with your index finger of the D string. So it sounds quite complicated. Picture again. So let's play everything again once more. And I'm going to say the Namaste, whether it, so we're gonna start on the D string of the fifth fret, 1236, roughly a third front, the G fed for of the day. Va, sorry, from the G, D string, fifth fret. And the second verse, we go to the southern from G string played three times, 123 eighth fret with the middle finger onetime. Then we're going to move down a string to the D string of the eighth fret. That move demonstrating Geldof, middle fingers, the night fret of the a string. Then on that same string, the second string down from the Northeastern, the SEC from other Next finger. Eighth fret of the D string and extra output our ring, and we finish on the fifth fret of the D string. Now that sounds very complicated. Please slurred down and really take your time with it so that you can really browse the whole thing. So whenever you are ready, please move on to the next lesson or next part of the song. Stay tuned. 4. Lesson 3: The Melody Pt. 2: Okay, so in this lesson, I'm going to teach you the next phrase of the song. I'm going to play to you once I don't teach it tape, it should sound something like this. Ok. So let me teach that to you. We're going to start on the 12th fret of the G string, which is the fourth string down from this low note, we have E, a, D, G, And it's this G note that we need our pinky on the 12th fret when these two dots typically are on the guitar. Now, what I will say about this phrase and why use your pinky will be made apparent very shortly. Basically, you need these other fingers to be available. So it play it like this. Now you're going to play the octave lower, which is eight nodes lower in pitch than the one you're playing, which is the tenth fret of the a string, which is the second string down, which are going to use for indexing before. So we're going to play this 1212 of the G string. Of the string. And the rhythm you're gonna play out is 12 to none. So now we're gonna go down a few friends at a time and it sounds like this. So all this g string, you're gonna play 1110989, like that. So we have 12 times 1211109891210121110989. Like that. And it's very quick transition. Now we're going to play the 11th from the stream with our free finger. And then the D string of the 11th fret too. So we have both a plane with the ring finger and 11, another level on the a string, 11 on the D string. And then we're gonna go down as well. Let's see the tab 9878. So very similar to the thermally how where it was. We're going to go 10987. So altogether. Now the next bit goes. So we start on the sixth fret with our index finger of the string, to the nights with our Pinky. So we have then back to the six. So we have, then we're going to play the fifth fret of the D string. Then with our ring finger on the eighth fret. So back to the front of the district. And then on the G string, one thing, the sudden friendly. So that little phrase goes. And then we repeat this phrase again. An unsought goods, the fifth fret, we're gonna pay the eighth fret of the D string, fifth fret. So we have, then, we're gonna take fifth fret of the a string, eighth fret of the D string, and finish on the fifth fret of the D string. So let's play the whole thing. And that is the finishing phrase of the song. 5. Conclusion & Going Forward: So to conclude That is the Imperial March, Darth Vader, steam from Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back. Please go to the lessons a second time to really understand how it's played and to really understand the nuances of the nodes. It is quite a difficult song to teach. So I'm sorry if there were moments where I did kind of mess up some of the notes. However, please also refer to the resources which basically encourage you to post your own version of the song and upload it because I will see all of your responses. I really hope you enjoyed today's video. I'm Meghan Jeffrey. Please check out my other videos if you want to learn more on how to play the guitar, how to play unusual courts on my guitar, I have arranged on my, on my page or my sculpture page. So I wish you all the best going forward. Thank you very much for watching.