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Next we are going to learn how to play the rhythm guitar parts played by Guitar #1 during our intro. We will be switching between Emi7(b5) and C7, an interesting chord progression that sounds especially cool against the slide guitar playing. We will also add some cool embellishments over the C7 chord. You will also play a very similar part for our interlude section after the first chorus, which is only three bars and changes up the chord progression a little bit.

For the intro, we will simply be moving back and forth between an Emi7(b5) chord and a C7. Our C7 will have an embellishment using our D string to help turn this section around. The key to this guitar part is not play too loud, as you want to be very subtle and just help outline the chords. Let the vocal and rhythm section take over these parts and also let the slide guitar stand out.

You will also play this same part during the interlude, but the chord progression will change. You will start with a bar of C7, then play one bar of Emi7(b5) followed by another bar of C7 to lead into the second verse. This creates a nice change over a similarly played part.

That's really all there is to the intro and interlude regarding Guitar #1. These chords have some dissonant notes in them so the key is to sit in nicely behind the slide melodies and not play super loud. There you have it.
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