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This song features 2 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is the rhythm guitar that combines plucking and picking to give the tune its distinctive sound. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that adds another layer of drama with some bluesy-rock based licks.

The arrangement of this song consists of 3 distinct sections. The intro is iconic, starts with a low dynamic, and builds into a solid groove. The verse sections feature a hypnotic riff based off of one chord, while the chorus sections jam on a simple chord progression and some dramatic band accents. The lead guitar adds to the vibe and mood of the intro with some lower dynamic licks. Further into the song, it adds some great fills and soloing throughout.

We've included a bonus lesson to teach you how to play Guitar 1's parts using the E tuning featured on the original recording.

To play this tune using only one guitar, simply play Guitar 1 all the way through, switching to Guitar 2 for the reintro fills, guitar solo, and outro solo.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about dynamics, hybrid picking, suspended chords, and some bluesy rock leads. We are in the key of C# major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 119 BPM.