“Seven Friends”
Intro / Chords
by Eric Vandenberg

“Seven Friends” is the opening song of the
King Of Heart-album.
An earlier version was featured on the CD accompanying the “In Vivo Guitar”-Book.
The song´s melodies and solos are mainly based on the E Major-pentatonic and
the natural E Major scale, while
the intro is based on triad-arpeggios taken from the same key...
Let´s take a look at those arpeggios and the chords throughout the song....

    The song starts with ( and returns to ) an extremely ear-catching, melodic riff which is based on triad-arpeggios. The chords these arps are based on are:
     

    E maj C#min / B major / Amaj Bmaj / C# min /

    ( This is the chord progression of the A-part ).
    Check out this
    TAB of the arpeggio-shapes Abi plays over those chords ( we left out all other embellishements... stay tuned for more transcriptions. But to give you a hint: all embellishements and leads in the song are based on either the Emajor- or Emajor pentatonic-scale ):

As you can see, the root ( low E-string  ) of the E and the A ( bars 1 & 3 ) are being played on the downbeat, while the root notes of the C#m- and B-chords are played on an upbeat, which gives a rather predictable concept a new, quite interesting rhythmic twist... it doesn´t sound too static at all !

Here are the
chord progressions of the rest of the song...

“A-Part”

Emaj         C#m

B

A                B

C#m

“B-Part”

Emaj         B/D#

A/C#

B/C#         G#m

Aadd9/11

 

Emaj         B/D#

A/C#

B/C#         G#m

A      G#m     F#m

“C-Part”

C#sus2

Bsus2

C#sus2

Bsus2

( 2/4 ) C#sus2

The structure of the song ( based on the 3 progressions shown above ) would be:

A ( 6X )
B ( 1X )
A ( 4X )
C ( 1X )
B ( 1X )
A
( 3X, Halftime feel )
C ( 1X )
B
( solo: doubletime, repeat 3 times )
C
( altered, ending on one bar of 6/4, an Asus2-Chord
then eventually ending on an E Major Chord )

General notes on “7 Friends”:
If you listen to the song the first time, or if you do not pay much attention to things like the embellishements and phrasing-elements Abi adds, you´ll most likely find that this is “just” a pretty guitar-song with some great, memorable melodies.
But if you listen more closely and / or if you´re trying to transcribe the song or even learn how to play it, you´ll find that Abi added a lot of stuff that is “hidden” in those melodies... little legato-licks and embellishements that will not jump at you and punch you at the face... but they really do support the melodies and add an exciting color to the whole song... you´d definitely notice if they´d be gone.
So Abi managed something that many players try to achive without ever getting there: using flawless technique to enrich his compostions without ever letting it get into the way of the melodies or without ever having to use it to cover up something.
You will also get your share of great lead-playing throughout the doubletime solo. So listen closely: there is more to discover than it might seem like when you just focus on the melodies...
I once had a chance to slow down the solo and parts of the “verse”, and the little trills and phrasing-elements
( bendings, slides, position shifts etc. ) were still awfully hard to figure out, since they´re no cliche-licks, but additions that are constantly changing, adding different facets to the basic melodies Abi plays...
So, check it out and listen close... you might find something new, exciting...

Eric Vandenberg

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