Tracy Chapman – Talkin ‘bout a revolution

Today we’re talking of a great song by Tracy Chapman, from her debut album of 1988, “Talkin ‘bout a Revolution”. It’s not that hard but like you can see in the picture, the first measure in G has a variation in it.

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The G measure

When we’re playing some strumming, we can include very often some variations to spice up the whole thing. You can recognize that especially when you listen to some solo acoustic guitar. In this case, the first downstroke plays a basic G shape while the next upstroke has the pinky finger on the 3rd fret – string n.1 making up a G4 chord. Everything comes back to normal on the next beat.

The rhythm

The song is in 4/4 and every measure has 2 chords. Strumming is always the same, the only thing you have to pay attention is the anticipation of second and fourth chord. (I marked the change with an asterisk)


Down – Up


Down – Up*


empty – Up


Down – empty

As always, remember to keep your wrist moving to avoid losing the beat! Have fun!

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