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In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Saved by Zero" as performed by The Fixx. This new wave classic features lots of cool guitar parts and textures that give you a great representation of some of the guitar sounds you heard a lot in the early 80's. These include some funky, minor pentatonic licks, textured guitars with lots and lots of reverb, some cool guitar counterpoint, as well some ringing harmonics with a whammy bar and some effects.

The original recording of "Saved by Zero" features lots and lots of layers and guitar textures. In this tutorial, we are going to focus on the main motif you hear all throughout the song, how to get some of those textures with some reverb like the band does live, as well as learning the cool, rhythmic guitar solo that plays throughout the second half of the track all the way through the end. We will be using three guitars in total with a variety of tones and effects.

Once we've worked through all the parts and textures, then you will get to see and hear all three guitars playing throughout the track. After that, I will show you another way to play the song with just a single guitar.
"Saved by Zero" is in the Key of B minor, at 118 BPM, and in 4/4 time.