Sad songs are an emotive way to connect with your audience and can often bring tears of happiness from those listening. But writing such music may prove challenging – creating melodies which resonate can be hard.
To create chord progressions that sound sadder, the mediant chord must be used. This chord increases dissonance within its structure and makes its sound even more depressing.
The Long And Winding Road by Paul McCartney
The Long And Winding Road by The Beatles was their twenty-first and final number one single, written by Paul McCartney to express the fleeting nature of love. Paul took inspiration for its lyrics from High Park near Campbeltown as well as from Kintyre’s B842 road itself – where it winds its way through moorland terrain. Rehearsals took place at Twickenham during January 1969 during their Get Back sessions before performance took place the next day at Apple Studios for inclusion in Let It Be film released that October.
McCartney was dissatisfied with Phil Spector’s original production, which added string arrangements and deleted one of Paul’s vocal tracks from his version. McCartney believed it took away from what the song was originally intended to be; thus he wanted a version without Spector’s additions released as part of 2003 album Let It Be Naked.
Lennon utilized an open G chord throughout most of the verse and chorus–an open chord with only a single note–to create an emotional sound, in contrast with McCartney’s more intricate guitar playing. Paul also displays some hesitation during several verses when singing lines like, “has left a pool of tears”, which critics suggest may show strain between former bandmates.
It was an immediate hit in the US, lasting two weeks at number one – more time than its successor Let It Be did so in 1963 – and was the final Beatles single to top the US chart until mid-1990s, when Free As A Bird and Real Love entered.
“Drive” by Incubus is an iconic road trip anthem and beloved signature song acoustic guitar solo by Mike Einziger that should be included in any modern music library. Amateur guitarists especially will appreciate it. Additionally, Brandon Boyd’s emotive vocals help make “Drive” essential listening.
This song’s engaging acoustic riff and melodies create an immersive listening experience, making the simple chord progression easy to pick up without advanced skills. Even beginners can get into strumming patterns using capo on first fret for added support; all it takes to master this song are four basic chords–Am, C, D and G–in order to be at your best when performing this tune!
This sad acoustic guitar song is an ideal one to learn thanks to its simple progression and emotive lyrics. Although you can play this on either an acoustic or electric guitar, acoustic sounds more intimately; making this an excellent way to hone acoustic picking technique!
Incubus has often been seen as one of the more unique nu metal bands to emerge during the late nineties and early oughts, yet California surf hippies Incubus stand apart. Their songs depict people transitioning between childhood and adulthood – hence why their songs remain so beloved among young people today. A few weeks ago I witnessed Incubus perform at Birmingham Walmart AMP’s merchandise tent, playing an impressive set that featured Morning View, Make Yourself and Drive before concluding their show with Drive as an encore number!
John Mayer’s “Gravity”
John Mayer’s “Gravity” has long been revered as one of the most haunting and sorrowful songs ever written, making it an accessible classic acoustic guitar tune that can easily be learned. With its delicate piano accompaniment and beautiful vocal performance creating an eerie melody that is easily replicated on instrument; also its chord progression is simple making this an excellent choice for beginners.
“Closer” by Kings of Leon is another perfect acoustic guitar song for sad music, featuring an engaging acoustic melody that will draw you in. Its heartbreaking lyrics tell a heartbreaking tale about someone doing everything for someone they loved before eventually losing all. Beautiful acoustic guitar is enhanced by atmospheric harmonies for an incredible sonic experience.
“Drive” by Incubus is an ideal song to listen to if you are seeking a sad music acoustic guitar song. Featuring an engaging guitar solo and emotive chord progression, its clean tones are saturated in reverb and delay for added sentimental value and melancholy feel. Additionally, playing its chords is straightforward with no capo needed on first fret for easier access to chords.
Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” is an emotional and powerful track that expresses his grief over the death of his four-year-old son, as a result of cancer treatment. It has touched audiences all over the world, garnering many awards and millions of record sales worldwide. Eric has made this song part of his repertoire ever since its creation – it remains a must for singers everywhere!
U2’s “With Or Without You”
Music can evoke emotions such as joy, energy or even sadness – the power of which all musicians can appreciate and use to their benefit in their work. Beginner or experienced players alike will find these sad music guitar tabs helpful when adding emotional depth to performances.
U2 released their 1985 single, which entered the Top 40, “Love Will Find a Way”, as a beautiful song which combined Edge’s guitar playing with Bono’s vocals and bassline – perfect for practicing chords and timing. Set in Am key, four easy chords are easy for new guitarists to learn.
This song is a poignant testament to how music can provide solace during difficult times in one’s life. It centers around a young woman grieving the loss of her lover; its lyrics capture all her pain beautifully while its guitar playing and vocals create an atmospheric aura that draws viewers in.
Mac DeMarco released this song as part of his mini-LP Another One in 2015 and it is an emotional ballad about the end of a relationship. Played in C, it is suitable for beginners while providing ample practice with rhythm and timing skills – this track should be in every acoustic guitarist’s repertoire!