The Problem: Your Guitar Songbook Includes Chord Diagrams With No Dots [Video]

[Disclaimer: The following is not an actual instructional piece. We’re so sorry. It’s Friday and we just want you to have a good laugh.]

By Mark Kemp


THE PROBLEM: You pick up your guitar and turn to your favorite songbook with a title like One Billion Pop Songs to Play on Acoustic Guitar — or today, you just go to a Youtube video. Then, when you try to pick out the chords, what you play bears no resemblance to that song you know and love so much.

THE SOLUTION: Take the bastard to court! But don’t forget to bring in expert witnesses such as Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler or Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

That’s what the guy in this clip from the wacky ’80s British sketch-comedy show French and Saunders does. We know: This video has surfaced numerous times since it was discovered under a rock in some dusty BBC archives, but it never gets old — particularly when viewed on a Friday.

Have a great weekend.

Mark Kemp
Mark Kemp

Former AG editor Mark Kemp is the author of Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South (Simon & Schuster, 2004; University of Georgia Press, 2006).