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This song features 3 electric guitar layers. Guitar 1 plays throughout the song, and has a cleanish tone with a little breakup to give it a nice edge. Guitar 2 appears only in the choruses with a thick, overdriven tone. Guitar 3 plays both of the very cool guitar solos heard in the tune.

The tune starts out with some heavy production simulating a car radio speaker for the intro and first verse. For the second verse, the band kicks in proper with a full sound based in F# minor. Guitar 1 plays the chord progression with a Latin-sounding, arpeggiated, raking approach to the chords. The chorus changes to the relative major with some nice chord changes that make the voice leading very melancholy for an awesome vocal melody. Both Guitars 1 and 2 are featured here building the arrangement and thickening up the wall of sound.

There are also two short solo sections that occur in this tune. The first one happens in between the second and third choruses, and Guitar 3 blazes in with some great Latin-spiced lead work. The final solo happens after the third chorus and brings the song to a fitting conclusion.

To play this tune using only one guitar, play the Guitar 1 all the way through, switching to Guitar 3 for each of the solos.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about barre chords, chord arpeggiation, strumming patterns, and latin influenced leads. We are in the key of F# minor, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 121 BPM.