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“Suspicious Minds" features just a single, clean tone guitar throughout the song.

Guitar #1 is our main electric guitar that will play all throughout the track. I am using a Fender Telecaster, with 10 gauge strings. My pick is small, and is somewhere between a medium and heavy gauge. You also want to make sure that your fingers are not and warmed up as well for this song, as hybrid picking is a big part of this track; especially the main guitar part you hear at the top and all throughout the song. Hybrid picking means you combine the use of your pick along with your fingers, and this can be a great intro to this idea if this is something new to you. We do move relatively quick through some of the parts so try your best and if you can't quite get it down but can follow along with the chords, I will show you how to approach this a little differently at the end of the tutorial so you can sing and play along without the hybrid picking.

The tone and effect settings for Guitar #1 are:

- Middle Position
- Clean Amp Setting, Fender Tube Amp Modleing through a 2x12 Amp
- Slight Spring Reverb, Mix @15%, Decay @ 15%

This tone does a great job of emulating the up front, yet clean, guitar tone of this era of music. While hybrid picking will be what we will use mostly throughout the song we will switch to straight rhythm during the choruses as well as the bridge so there is really something for every player in a song like this.