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The focus of this first lesson will be playing the keyboard riff you hear throughout this song, but played on the guitar. We are going to take a look at how you can approach the short intro at the top of the song, as well as how to play that signature keyboard riff on guitar. As an added bonus, I am going to show you how you can match the tone of the Wurlitzer with your guitar. Here are some key points to help you play through this section.

1. The guitar tone for this part is a simple clean tone with a little bit of compression; a fairly dry sound. I have my pickup switch in the neck position.

2. The intro can be achieved by simply swelling with your volume knob or volume pedal on an E power chord, with the low E string ringing for four bars.

3. The chords for this section are E, C#mi, and A. The first two notes of each chord are played as eighth notes on beats 1 and 3, and beats 2 and 4 you play quarter notes.

4. The progression is two bars long; playing E for two beats, C#mi for two beats, and than A for a full measure.

5. During the first verse you'll play a turnaround with the distorted bass (A, G#, F#), as well as a variation on the riff played once using a hammer on from C#mi to B, over the C#mi chord.
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