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Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a great acoustic strummer and one that sounds recognisable from the very first bar.
The song very much pays tribute to the old rock `n` roll tunes of the 50`s and particularly those of Elvis Presley who Freddie Mercury wrote it in tribute of.
What`s interesting is that Freddie Mercury wrote the song on guitar and even played guitar on the tune live.
Most people don`t know that Freddie even played guitar and he reckoned “he couldn`t play guitar for nuts” – even so, this is one pretty cool riff.
It uses a common little trick of embellishing the D Major chord and this is the main feature of the song, so ensure you get this sounding tight before moving on to the rest of the song.
The key of the song centres around D Major but frequently dips in and out of the key of C (and its substitutions) which is an interesting bit of modulation (changing keys).
Overall, apart from the tricky (yet fun) middle section, this song is not too hard to learn.
The song uses a swing feel which basically means it sounds `bouncy` so ensure you listen to the rhythm to get it just right.
The main pattern for the riff on the D chord in the song is below.
- 1 2 3 4
- D u D u u D u
Change the melody note on the downstrum of beat 2 by adding your pinkie to the 3rd fret high E string.
When playing the other chords (especially in the middle section) I tend to use a slightly different strum pattern to mix it up. This is shown below.
- 1 2 3 4
- D D u D u D u