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The verse section features guitar 1 chunking on a D power chord shape at the fifth position. Some technique is required here to get the palm muted 8th note pickup "chugs" working smoothly with the wide open chord strums. Start off practicing this slowly, then edge up the tempo as it gets easier for you.

You're alternating between the power chord and the flat 5 note (Ab), and it makes the section feel unsettling. The bass modulates up a half step underneath, creating even more tension. Then you release it somewhat by hitting the F and G power chords in the last bar of the riff.
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