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The song is in the key of G minor and opens with the quintessential rhythm guitar hook. With guitar 1, you barre the 10th fret with the index finger, hammer on into a G minor 7 chord on the down beat and then follow with an up-stroke on the last 16th of beat one- then an immediate down-stroke on beat two. Next play 4 sixteenth note mutes followed by two down strokes on the G minor 7 followed by an immediate up-stroke on the 10th fret bar (kind of a G minor sus). This pattern is played four times with a variation on the fourth one. Add your pinky to the 13th fret on the 1st string for a "high 7th" and accent groups of three for for a nice syncopated feel.

Guitar 2 plays the same exact riff only leaving out the muted notes. This reinforces the rhythm hook without cluttering it up!

Guitar 3 enters in measure 5 and plays a syncopated melodic counterpart. It opens with a hammer on from A to Bb on the G string and then continues to outline the G minor 7 chord. The timing is very cool. Enter on the "and of 1" and group in threes again. This is a very cool feel and will be used throughout the song in different ways.
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