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Runaway Train: Introduction

 

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In this tutorial we will be learning how to play "Runaway Train", as performed by Soul Asylum.

This song features lots of open chord strumming, some really cool acoustic style rhythm licks, as well as some effected electric guitars.

In this song there are several guitars playing together creating a nice assortment of textures. At its core however, is a simple chord progression that is great for beginners and advanced players alike. I am going to break down for you the main guitar part using our open chords, as well as several of the rhythm licks and electric guitar parts you hear in the recording.

"Runaway Train" is in C major, at 117 bpm, and in 4/4 time.