This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Mamma Mia by ABBA.
Mamma Mia was written in 1975 by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. The song is the opening track on the group's third studio album, the self-titled ABBA.
This is such a classic song and it certainly makes for a great fingerstyle arrangement. It's a really fun, upbeat song with a great melody and chords that are constantly on the move. I'm sure that once you get your teeth stuck into it you'll really enjoy playing this one.
Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Mamma Mia!
- Key - D major
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 136 bpm
- Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced
Mamma Mia (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Mamma Mia, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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The Intro Lesson for Mamma Mia
Let's get stuck into it! The first four bars are reasonably straightforward, it's just a D chord moving to a D augmented. You may find the rhythm a little tricky as you're switching chords on the & after 4 count, maybe pull out the metronome and practise at a slow tempo to really make sure everything is landing in exactly the right place.
How to Play the Verse
Now you're ok with the intro let's jump into the verse of Mamma Mia. This is where things really ramp up and your picking hand gets very busy.
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How to Play the Pre-Chorus
There's a quick four bar pre-chorus to learn now. This part's a lot of fun but quite demanding.
How to Play the Chorus
Now we're into the chorus and I'd say this section is actually a little easier than the verse as it's not quite so busy.
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How to Play the Bridge
There's just the bridge left for you to learn now and if you're now OK with the rest of the song you should be OK with this part. Having said that, this section is quite demanding at times on your fretting hand.
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