Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
The chords are really simple, there are only two for the whole song, which is typical of dance music. In this respect it’s a good example of how rhythm is usually the most interesting part of music.
Play the strum pattern 4 times on each chord in alternation.
There are 4 beats to the bar.
We’ll upload a video of how to do the strum pattern soon, promise!
Building up the strum pattern
The important thing here is to get the right arm moving quickly. So:
- first practice just strumming so that you just hit the strings on ‘1 e + a 2’ and then miss the strings for the rest of the bar. Work this up so that you are only really aware of hitting the strings on the numbers 1 and 2. Use a drum backing track to keep your rhythm tight.
- Just do the 1st beat work lots of times – count out loud until it’s easy, then just play it by feel.
- Do the 2nd beat lots of times – count out loud until it’s easy, then just play it by feel
- Join the first two beats together, play slowly at first, counting out loud. Gradually allow the speed to increase.
- Do the same for beats 3 and 4.
- Now try the whole bar, slow down where you need to to give yourself time to think.
- Next play the whole bar slowly at a constant speed.
- Increase the speed up to the song tempo.
- Try dancing at the same time – harder than you’d think, so don’t wait until you’re on stage!