Save Me San Francisco by Train - Intro and Strumming Pattern
The intro to Save Me San Francisco is sort of a shuffle groove with an old time rock-n-roll feel. Here are a few playing tips.
- Start with a D chord, and strum D to Dsus to D back to Dsus. You can play this with all downstrokes, but it doesn't really matter.
- The next chord is the power chord version of a G. First finger string 6 on the third fret. Third finger string five on the fifth fret. Get ready to stretch, though. You will need to reach your pinky over to fret seven of string five. I play with only down strokes.
- Next chord is an A power chord. Fifth string is open and first finger on fourth string second fret. Continue with the shuffle groove by reaching to fret four on the fourth string. I use my third finger
- Finish up by returning to the D and Dsus chords.
I like to use a basic "campfire" style strum for the rest of the song. My pattern goes like this:
D D D U Hit U
D= Down stroke
U= Up Stroke
Notice that the G, A, and final D chords are played on upstrokes. I like to do a "hit" strum before switching chords. This allows me to do a downward strumming motion on beat four, and I get to let go of the chord I am holding so that I can set up the new chord and strum it as my hand is going up after the hit. I also like the percussive sound of the "hit."
Note: You can play the intro groove through the verses if you like, and do the campfire strums for the choruses. Up to you. Have fun!