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Don't Look Back: Single Guitar Performance

 

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Playing this tune with only one guitar can be a challenge. Since some guitars or parts happen simultaneously, or overlap, you have to make some choices. I urge you to concentrate on learning each guitar layer all the way through before you approach it on one guitar.

Once you feel you're ready to play the song with one guitar, kick off the tune with Guitar 1's riff. Switch to Guitar 2 for the intro solo, then back to Guitar 1 for the first verse. Next, switch to Guitar 3 for the pre-chorus, then back to Guitar 1 for the end of the pre-chorus and chorus.

Stay with Guitar 1 for the second verse, then switch to Guitar 3 for the second pre-chorus. Go back to Guitar 1 for the end of the second pre-chorus, second chorus, and the interlude.

Switch to Guitar 4 for the guitar solo, then back to Guitar 3 for the arpeggiations leading back into the last verse. Select Guitar 1 for the final verse, switching to Guitar 3 for the pre-chorus. Go back to Guitar 1 for the last pre-chorus, chorus, and outro riff.

Switch to Guitar 2 for the outro solo and end off the tune!

Remember to include and plan for changes in tone or settings along the way. You'll have to prepare for those before you actually start linking these parts together!

Playing this song correctly all the way through is challenging, so if you can do it, take a moment to congratulate yourself on how far you've come! If the single guitar path I laid out for you works, then great! If not, you can pick any creative path for yourself from the previous lessons and all the parts you've learned. Have fun with it!

Now let's check out the full play through on only one guitar!
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