Hello you’re watching HowToPlayAnySong.com. My name is Joe Wiles and I’m with the Rock ‘N Roll Conservatory and in this video we’re going to take a look at Weezer‘s My Name is Jonas.
It comes from their 1994 release and interestingly after the founding guitar player Jason Cropper left the band during the Blue album’s recording sessions. Singer and front man Rivers Cuomo went back in and rerecorded all the guitar parts in one day in one take, that’s pretty amazing.
In this video we’re going to take a look at the introduction of My Name is Jonas as well as the workers are going home part, the breakdown about three quarters of the way through the song and let’s get started.
The intro to My Name is Jonas starts off with a C major chord. Go ahead and put your index finger on the 1st fret of the B, your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D, we’re going to skip that G leave it open, and then we’re going to put our ring finger on the 3rd fret of the A.
Now the picking pattern for this first chord, we’re going to assign all five fingers to five different strings.
We’re going assign our thumb to the A, our index finger to the D, our middle finger of our right hand to the G, ring finger of or right hand to the B, and our pinky to the high E.
Now the picking pattern for this first chord starts with the A string. We’ll go thumb, ring, middle, index, ring, middle, or the string names A-B-G-D-B-G.
Then we’re going to switch to the second chord. All we’ve got to do is take our middle finger and move it down to the 2nd fret of the A string. Take all your other fingers off.
The picking pattern for this one, the first four notes are the same as the previous chord. We’re going to hit the A-B-G-D, but we’re going to answer our pinky on the high E and then the B again.
The picking sequence for this chord goes like this. Then we’re going to switch down to an A minor chord. Just put your index finger on the 1st fret of the B string.
You’re going to put your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D and your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the G. We’re going to do the exact same picking pattern with our right hand as we did for the C major chord, the first chord we played.
It’s going to be thumb, ring, middle, index, ring, middle or string names A-B-G-D-B-G, sounds like this.
Now the fourth chord is the same chord as the second chord, just one finger on the 2nd fret of the A. We’re going to pick this in the exact same way we did before with the A string, B-G-D-High E-B, sounds like this.
We’re going to cycle those four chords over and over again. It sounds like this together. All right lets try that to tempo, lets give a try, one, two, three, four, that’s it.
All right for the breakdown of this song we’re going to start on the 2nd fret of the G with our index finger and our pinky up to the 5th fret of the high E. What we’re going to try to do is mute out the B string between these two with our index finger just lay a little flat.
So the first chord will sound like this, clean on the G, the B string shouldn’t ring out and then the high E string. It’s a really simple octave technique on the higher strings. So we’re going to start on the 2-5 and we’re going to do that six times.
We’re going to go up to the 4-7, we’re going to do that six times. We’re going to go up to the 5-8, do that six times. Then up to the 7-10, we’re going to do that six times. Then we’re going to go up to the 9-12, we’re going to that six times. Up to the 10-13 six times.
Next one is the 12-15, we’re actually going to do that three times. Then move up to the 14-17 and the last one, oh we’ll do that 14-17 three times and then the last one we’ll repeat six times, it’s at the 16-19, just like that. It sounds like this all together. All right lets play that breakdown to speed, one, two, three, four. That’s it.
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