“Reckless Love” has been showing up all over social media for several months. It’s one of the most-talked-about songs as of late. It has a fantastic message and a really catchy melody. I’m introducing this song to our congregation for Easter.
I’ve been teaching how to play different melodies with the Short-Cut capo for many years. Playing in an alternate tuning really helps in adding melody to rhythm guitar without feeling like your playing “lead guitar.”
The Short-Cut capo, in the first position, is placed on the 2nd fret where it will hold down strings 3-4-5. This forms an “Esus” chord by itself. I play the “Reckless Love” in the key of “E.” If you want to play with the recording in the key of “F#,” place a full capo on fret 2 and the Short-Cut capo on fret 4; then adjust the tab up a full step. The melody line (Fig. 1) below can be played as individual notes, finger-style, or strummed with rhythm depending on the dynamic you’re looking for.
Let’s start with just the melody notes. [Fig. 1]
| 1-1-1-1-2-2 | 2-2-3-3-4—| 6-6-6-6-1-1 | 2-2-3-3-4-1— |
Try playing the melody while adding the bass note (E) on the 6th string. Try playing with a pick, full strum, while accenting the melody line. This is a simple way to add feel, dynamic, and interest to the song especially if you’re leading the song by yourself.
Beyond the melody, here are the progressions for each section of the song (verse/chorus/bridge).
Verse: | C#m | B | A2 |
Chorus: | C#m | B | A2 | E |
Bridge: | C#m | B | A2 | E |
Play around with the melody, adding it to the intro, interludes, and outro of the song. Try different keys by using capos and find what’s most comfortable for you and the people you’re leading. If you’re leading with acoustic alone, there are plenty of options on different apps to add a string or synth pad that will fill out the song and be easy to sing and play over. Most of all, have fun worshiping!