The Edge

The Edge aka Dave Dave Evans is U2's influential guitarist The Edge whose delay drenched guitar lines powered their hit Bad from hit album The Unforgettable Fire.
U2's early hits were played on Dave's Gibson Explorer purchased on a trip to the US to buy of all things a Rickenbacker - a wise choice me thinks.

Transcriptions of the track are available in the US via:-
Hal Leonard's - U2 THE BEST OF 1980-1990
........and the British Isles via:-
Wise Publications' - U2 THE BEST OF 1980-1990

Gibson Explorer


Song Seeds Two Chord Analysis

The majority of the song is composed of the simplest of chord changes - the I IV in the key of A major.

This produces the chord change A major to D major - as highlighted in the table that follows:-

G major - 4 chord progressions

An enlarged portion of the previous table is shown below for clarity:-

Progression No.17 enlarged

What would otherwise be an extremely dull chord sequence is enlivened by the following Edge trade marks:-

The chord voicing used for the Asus4 uses both the open A string plus the A and D notes from the 6E4E1 arpeggio box shape as highlighted below:-

Gadd9 and Cadd9

The Asus4 resolves (goes back to what you expect to hear - releasing the aural tension created) to the A major chord - again using the open A string but this time the A and C# notes from the 6E4E1 arpeggio box shape (as highlighted below):-

A major arpeggio box shape

A similar approach is taken with the D major chord but this time a Dsus2 chord is used to create the tension. Again an open string is used for the root note - in this case the D string plus the E note from the 6E4E1 Dsus2 arpeggio box shape :-

Cadd9 and Dadd9

Finally the tension is resolved back to the D major chord but in this case a 2 string octave is played but the chosen note falls within the 6G3G1 box shape - the CAGED octaves name for this 2 string octave is 4DCA3.

D major arpeggio box shape

The Csus4 arpeggio box shapes are detailed in the tabbed panel that follows:-


The Csus2 arpeggio box shapes are detailed in the tabbed panel that follows:-