Kiss From a Rose Guitar Tab
If you’re looking for movie theme music tabs, the next few lessons are for you! Kiss From A Rose is the hit tune from the film batman forever, yep, before Christian Bale! Check the link here for the video of the tune. Let’s talk about how what you need to know, and approaches towards practicing. Pop your capo on the 3rd fret if you want to play this in the same key as the recording, and let’s roll! This is part one of a multipart lesson. For part 2, click here.
The introduction is a great way to get going into this tune. Even for beginners who struggle with chords, which will come later on, this melody is centered around the high E and B string, and stays in first position. If you’re just starting out playing and looking for melodies to tackle, Kiss from a rose is a good one for sure!
Things to watch out for:
- when crossing from the E string to the B string (or B to E), be careful you don’t accidentally “pluck” one of the strings and have it ring out.
- To nail this melody, have every note you play ring out and sustain clearly
- There are two different endings; after the first ending, you repeat back to measure one (not the pickup), then head to the second ending instead of the first
This is the complete verse for Kiss from a Rose. Let’s unpack the whole thing and talk about what’s going on, and what’s important. Firstly, we need to know the chords, and how to play them. On the chart they are marked out, but that isn’t super helpful if you don’t know them. In short order, we must learn E, E minor, C major 7th, D, and A. The first time each chord is presented in the chart, a small chord diagram will be above the chord name, which will help guide you along.
Position your hand to fret E major exactly as shown. Be mindful that the high E string should also ring out as an open string.
C Major 7th
Ring finger on 3rd fret of the A string, middle finger on 2nd fret of D string. The G, B, and high E ring out open. The low E string can be muted by using your ring finger to slightly touch the string, thus making strumming easier (as shown above)
D major played as shown above. Practice strumming the chord by placing your picking hand at the D string and strumming down. Avoid playing the low E, and A string.
Fret A major as in the above picture. As an alternative, some students prefer to hold down all three strings with one finger (I call it the lazy A), which works just as well.
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Notes on strumming patterns:
- The way this pattern is organized is a downstroke on beat one, with all notes of the chord ringing out.
- In beat two, you also begin with a downstroke, then double back with 3 eight notes, these can be played with alternative picking or all downstrokes.
- When playing the 8th notes, continue to hold down the entire chord, as it should still be ringing out from playing
- Feel free to experiment with more complex strumming patterns if you want a challenge
- If you are a beginner, simplify the pattern by only playing quarter notes in each measure (3 downstrokes of each chord per measure).
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