Search My Heart is a synth based song from the Aftermath album. There are a few interesting quirks about the album version. The first thing you may notice is that you don’t really hear any acoustic guitar in it, and I suspect many of you are acoustic players. You can actually pull this one off pretty good with acoustic.
For our resources, I used the Aftermath live version (not the radio edit).
- Album: Hillsong United: Aftermath
- Tempo: 131bpm, 4/4 time (this almost feels like a double time, but it is the album tempo)
- Key: The album is in D, but I played it in G for these resources, which fit my voice pretty well.
- Listen in iTunes
Chords used in this song
If these chords are difficult for you, no problem! Check out our Chords in the key of G lesson.
This song is a bit more advanced for rhythm. If you are a beginner, the first difficult thing you might encounter is the changes that go from D to Em to C in the intro/verses. The best way to figure it out is that the rhythm follows the lyrics, so just play when it feels right. I go over that section a lot in the tutorial video.
The intro is a pretty simple dudududu pattern. Once you get in to the song, you’ve got a few choices to make :). You can stick with this pretty simple pattern throughout most of it:
1 2 3 4 d d u u d u ,...
Once things pick up, try this pattern to make it feel just a bit more like the album version:
1 2 3 4 d u D d u D ,...
This is one of those songs where you’ll really need to feel out what the band is doing rhythmically. There’s not really one set pattern to play in specific parts of the song (in my opinion). It makes it harder to teach the rhythmic sections of the song, but it also allows you as a rhythm guitar player more freedom to play with what the band is doing.
Search My Heart – Chart Kit – Hillsong arrangement
Arrangement: Hillsong United – Aftermath
Keys included: A, B, C, D, E, and G
Listen in iTunes
On the album, the song is in D, but this is actually more suited for a lower female lead. For a male lead, try G or A. For a female lead try D or E.
Chord Chart kits include both Nashville charts and lyric charts in various keys. Your download will be in the form of a .zip file. Extract the file and you will find two folders, ‘Lyric Charts and Nashville Charts’.
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