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Radiohead Creep Guitar Chords + Barre Chords Explained. This is a great barre chord song to practice all your barre chord shapes on.

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Barre Chords “Creep”

This is your barre chord graduation!  We are going to be using barre chords, to learn Radiohead’s “Creep” in two different ways.  This song will help us explore how powerful this concept of playing the same chords in different voicings can really be!

Radiohead were attempting to record their debut album “Pablo Honey” but things didn’t go well. They ended up releasing one song, recorded in one take, that wasn’t really on the list. “Creep” was added to the album when it was released, one year later in 1993.  The song was a huge hit for the band and they struggled to accept it’s success.  Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s singer used the chord progression and a little bit of melody from the song “The Air That I Breathe” that was recorded by a band called “The Hollies” in 1973. It is yet another song that continues to get attention and has been covered by many famous artists around the world.

Reference the song or the video to get familiar with the progression.  This song uses the same classic strum pattern as paradise city so you can really focus on gripping these barre chords.

First, we’re going to learn the version of “Creep” that incorporates barre chords with their root note on the low E string.  Start working on the chord charts below.

*Because we’re using full barre chords and starting on the low E string, try to get all of your strings sounding clear and ringing out, all the way up to your high e string.  

We can play this same chord progression in a very different way. The alternate version of this song has all the same chords, but they will be in the form of barre chords that start on the A string. This will make them sound different, and a big part of that is to do with the fact that we don’t use our low E string at all.

Your Barre Chord Mastery CHALLENGE:

The next page will go through the alternate version.  Before you go there, your challenge is to find all of these chords and play the exact same song from the A string.  Do it without looking and you will be on your way to easily playing these barre chords all over the neck!

Follow these steps:

  1. Find the G, B, and C root notes on the A string. Go back and reference the lesson “Notes on the Fretboard” if you need a refresher on how to find these notes
  2. Play the chord from the A string in the appropriate major or minor barre chord.  Think about your A major or A minor chord shape moved up.
  3. Lock this new progression in memory and add the strum pattern to complete the song.

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