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For many guitar players, this guitar part is one of the first things we learn how to play. This signature guitar riff features some great uses of chromaticism, open string chords; as well as some cool sounds using a chorus pedal. Here are some key points to help you play one the most recognizable riffs in guitar history:

1. This riff is two measures long every time you play it. The chords you are playing are E5 and F#mi.

2. Starting with an open E, this riff comes in on the "and" of 3 and starts with a pick up note at the top of the song. The chromatic notes are E, F, and F# and than you follow that with the open A string playing an eighth note rhythm.

3. Once you play through the first part, the second measure plays the same eighth note rhythm with an open E power chord and than repeats.

4. The tone is clean with a slight bit of reverb, with the pickup switch in the neck position. The get the washy tone, you need a chorus pedal with the rate (or speed) set a tad over half way (around 3 o'clock). This allows you to get the washy sound without it sounding out of tune. You will hear this part played with this tone throughout the entire song.

5. From the second chorus onward, you will also have another guitar playing this part simply doubling it with some distortion. With your distortion pedal, set your gain to about 75% to make it sound huge!

6. When ending this riff and entering into the chorus, you play the open E and B strings on the "and of 2" every time.
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