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Blue Suede Shoes: Intro & First Verse


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First thing we are going learn how to play the intro to our song, which features the same part as our first verse. This involves a series of anticipated rhythms that repeat several times. We will play the progression twice for our intro, and once the vocals are in we have eight more repeats of the same progression before changing up the rhythm for our last bar into the chorus.

The chords for this section, and for the majority of the song, are F, G, C and A minor. You can use your familiar open chords for this song. While we do start out on the downbeat, we will anticipate every chord until the last bar of the verse with an eighth note strumming pattern.

After eight times of this chord progression during our first verse, you won't anticipate the last A minor chord before awaiting the downbeat of the chorus. It will be played right on the downbeat making way for the chorus.

That's the rhythm for the intro and verse, and this rhythm and feel is heard all throughout the track so make sure to really get it down. The key is to play this part a little softer to leave room for the song to grow in our chorus, which we will look at in our next lesson.
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