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"Gauntanamera" features two guitars.

Guitar #1 will be our first acoustic guitar. I am using a Taylor acoustic with medium strings, and for this guitar I will be using a pick to play the melody notes. You will playing a mixture of diads, which are two note chord voicings, along with some single note melodies lines. This guitar is emulating the 12 string instrument in the original recording, playing the part of the lead guitar.

Guitar #2 is our second acoustic guitar. I am using a nylon string guitar with light strings, and for this one I won't be using a pick. This helps get a more authentic feel for the song, as these type of guitar parts were often played using your fingers. This guitar comes in during the intro, and stays in subtly throughout the song using a Dropped D tuning. Make sure your strings are tuned D - A - D - G - B - E.