Black Magic Woman rhythm guitar part. Arranged for beginners guitar. Fleetwood mac version by Peter Green.
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Written by Peter Green, the song Black Magic Woman was a minor hit for Fleetwood Mac in 1968 before being covered a couple of years later, commercially much more successfully, by Santana.
Today I am going to go over the chords of the original fleetwood mac version, on the basis that once you have learned these, you will have no difficulty with playing the Santana version, which has a slightly simplified chord sequence.
As this is a Beginners lesson I am going to show you the easiest options for the chord shapes. But for intermediate players I have included some alternative shapes on the printout that you can access from the link beneath the video screen.
The song intro is a single strum on a very high voicing of the D minor chord played on the top three strings right up at fret 17.
If performing this on your own, count yourself in, then strum the chord and let it ring 1234 strum. As it rings keep counting 1 2 3 4 1.. Then start singing after the first beat of bar 2. While you are doing all that make sure your eyes travel back down to the first fret ... so that you are ready to move your hand down and finger the Dm as soon as the opening chord has faded.
So here's that whole intro played slowly ...and at full tempo.
So that's the first of two slightly tricky bits out of the way. We then keep that Dm going for two bars establishing this basic strumming pattern down down-drag up down down.
Then we change to Am for two bars keeping the same strumming pattern going nice and smoothly. Then back to Dm again for two bars...before changing to Gm. Here's a simply four string version of Gm you can use.
This is then changed to Gm7 after just one bar. Again for beginners I am recommending this simple 4-string version.
Let's just run through what we have got so far at half tempo...and at more or less full speed.
Now here's the other tricky bit. It's tricky because these are slightly unusual chord shapes that you may not be used to and because it changes every two beats like this.
So that is Dm just hit once for now and then change to C . Hit that once then grab this Bb shape note that this is just on three strings. Normally we like to hear more than just three strings ringing, but as the chord is so fleeting you won't notice that we are only using three strings.
Notice the special fingering I recommend - second finger on the D string and the 3rd finger holding down both the G and B strings this 3rd finger also does a good job of muting out the top string which we definitely don't want to sound on a Bb chord. Using this particular fingering for Bb will assist the next change which is to the A7. Then back to Dm.
So that tricky, quick bit again ...at half tempo... and at full tempo.
Finally the Dm is played for one bar then held from the first beat of the next bar like this.
This creates the rhythmic space for the intro to be played again as a way to launch into verse two.
After verse two there is a 2-verse solo played over the same sequence as the verse and then we are back into the third verse via the same intro. After that the track plays out over a bass groove that stays on the Dm chord.
So that's the rhythm part to the song. The chart and chord diagrams are available from the link below the video screen and as mentioned that includes the barre chord options for more experienced players. In the next lesson we'll take a look at some of Peter Green's great lead guitar licks used on this version of the song.