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In this lesson we'll look at what sensibilities were used in the composing and the arranging of Closer to Fine that make it so energizing to listen to.

We'll also look at how you can incorporate these ideas into your own version of the song.

This song is a declaration, not unlike Dylan's "Times They Are a Changing", or Peter, Paul, & Marys "If I Had a Hammer".

It's a strong bold personal statement made by the singer, but also it is written and performed in such a way that everyone listening to it feels it is in some ways about them, and about the times they are living in.

The lyrics paint scenes with visual details. They are written in full sentences, so you feel as though you are in a late night conversation with a close friend.

Musically, the arrangement of the song builds the energy primarily with the use of vocal harmony, and dynamics.

When there are two guitarists playing, they are generally playing the same part, though on different-sounding guitars, and with loose variations in rhythm.

When there are other instruments present, they are playing a supportive role, not drawing a lot of attention to themselves.

What does this mean for you, learning to play the song? That you become aware of expressing the energy of the song in your playing technique.

And, that hopefully you've got a friend who can sing that great harmony part and play along!

In the next and final lesson in this series, we'll play the song all the way through, with the band.
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