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This song features two guitar layers. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar tuned one whole step down from standard tuning, playing both rhythm and lead guitar. Guitar 2 is also a clean electric that plays only rhythm, and is tuned to standard tuning.

This tune is essentially a 3 chord medium tempo pop rock song, but with a few more chords to make it interesting. It starts out with a distinctive riff that is repeated a few more times later in the arrangement. This intro uses simple chords but in a way that sounds powerful and almost bluesy by using chords borrowed from the parallel minor key.

Next we settle into the verse groove which plays a steady rhythm on one chord. The pre-chorus switches to a few other chords, then settles back to one chord for the chorus section. Guitar 1 injects some cool lead fills into the song as a call & response to the vocal, as well as a great guitar solo.

This song is all about the story contained in the lyric, and the guitars are used in a supportive role to the vocals.

To play this song using a single guitar approach, use Guitar 1 to play both rhythm and lead parts, or use Guitar 2 to play along using simple strumming and chords.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about a whole step down tuning, open chords and barre chords, steady strumming patterns, and some lead guitar approaches that utilize chord shapes. We are in the key of D major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 121 BPM.