Saturday, May 7, 2011

Peter Bjorn and John - Breaker, Breaker - Indie Tab & Lesson

This song is quite a bit less dark than the song these guys are most known 4 'Young Folks' but give it a listen and experience the brighter side of their songwriting sensibilities.
* note '| |' represents 1 bar

Intro 8 bars of A

Verse |A D|D|A|A|A F#m|D E|A|A|


Chorus |Bm|D|A|A|
E|
B|--10---      *lick that introduces second verse
G|9--
D|
A|
E|

E|9--9--7-7-7-7-5-5
B|10-10-9-9-9-9-7-5   *riff that leads into second chorus   
G|
D|
A|
E|

E|
B|-----7--10 
G|--7--           *lead riff over chorus 
D|9-
A|
E|
From a songwriting standpoint something u can take away from this is the concept of using 4 bar phrazes consisting of 2 bars musical motion followed by 2 bars at rest on the tonic. They use variation on the first 2 bars throughout the song both on the chorus and verse while consistently landing on the 'A' chord during the last 2 bars. This type structure works especially well if u want something that has a garage or punk type feel.