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What's up? It's Mike from Guitar Tricks teaching you "Something About You" as made famous by Boston. This is a classic rock anthem with all the essential ingredients: a clean guitar arpeggiated intro, soaring vocal melodies, and guitars layered into a powerful arrangement with crunching rhythm riffs and screaming harmony lead licks.

There are 4 guitar layers in this tutorial. A clean guitar plays the moody intro, while a crunch rhythm guitar provides the foundation of the tune with some great riffs throughout. There are also two lead guitar layers that play memorable melodies and scorching classic rock licks. All of these guitars appear throughout the tune creating a rich tapestry of sound that became an industry standard of how to multi-layer guitars in the studio.

The delicate, arpeggiated clean guitar intro a great way to start a tune by setting a mysterious mood. Next, two harmonized guitars come blasting in to kick the song into high gear. The verse riff lays a solid foundation with some heavy power chord riffing, while the prechorus riff is classic rock through and through, built on early-rock clichés, but with a modern songwriting and production approach. The chorus section features a crunching chord progression complete with a soaring lead vocal - a Boston trademark! The guitar solo features some killer rock licks and leads that are harmonized throughout. The final chorus and outro feature more harmonized lead guitars that bring the tune to an epic climax.

For the single guitar performance of this song, you'll play the clean and crunch rhythm guitar parts, switching over to the lead guitar for the solo.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about chord arpeggiation, power chord based riffing, guitar layering, classic rock licks, and harmonized leads. We are in the key of E major with a 4/4 time signature. The intro clocks in at 104 bpm, while the main song is at a tempo of 132 BPM.