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In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Closer", as made famous by Kings of Leon. This song is a blast to play, and features a ton of cool uses of effects and creative guitar techniques. These include use of a pitch shifter pedal, emulating the sound of someone screaming into a guitar pickup, cool uses of modulation effects, as well some arpeggiated licks.

"Closer" is a unique song, and doesn't follow your typical song structure. The song is very reliant on dynamics, and there is a series of guitar parts that come in and out of the song to give it its unique flavor. In this tutorial I will break down each individual part heard throughout the track, and where it occurs in the song. I will refer to the sections of the song as the Intro, A section, B section, and Outro.

"Closer" is in the key of B minor, at 81 bpm, and in 4/4 time.