Video tutorial: Sponge Cola shows you how to play 'Gemini'

MANILA, Philippines – After playing a short set at Rappler HQ for Rappler Live Jam, Sponge Cola's Yael Yuzon, Gosh Dilay, and Armo Armovit (Ted Cruz couldn't make it that day) sat down to talk us through the guitar chords on their hit song "Gemini." ([WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Sponge Cola)

Here are their instructions on how to play the intro, verse, and chorus of "Gemini," or watch the video above to see them play it, too.

Armo: "So the first thing we're gonna do is tune our guitar one half-step down to E flat.

"Okay, so now that we’re all tuned, let’s start with this Cadd9 shape on the 3rd fret. I have my middle finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string, my ring finger on the 2nd string, 3rd fret, and my pinky finger on the first string, on the 3rd fret. We’re going to count 3, 4.

What’s gonna happen here is we’re gonna keep our bottom fingers, our 3rd and 4th fingers on these two strings. All that’s gonna move is our middle finger and pointer finger. We’re gonna start, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3,

"Now, for the first verse.

"Going through the verse, it’s the same principle, the same rhythm, but our fingers are gonna move from here, to the top string, second fret. Third fret, top string also.

"And now for the chorus. The chorus chords are G, F#, F# minor, E minor, and a C. I’m still keeping my two fingers on the bottom strings.

"Yael’s style, there’s that economy of finger movement. So, he keeps two fingers on the same spot, then moves the bass notes around. It’s just a matter of going through the scales, so chorus goes, G, F#, E minor, and C.

So that’s how you play ‘Gemini’ from intro, verse, to chorus. The harder part is figuring out the picking pattern, but I just go, 3, 4."

Watch Sponge Cola perform "Gemini" and some songs from their new EP, SinagTala, here

 

We hope you learned a little something from this tutorial! Share your covers or tips on playing this song in the comments! – Rappler.com