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What's up, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Psychotic Reaction" as made famous by The Count Five. This is an early 60s rock classic that features some solid rhythm playing combined with some fuzzed out lead lines and riffs.

This song features 2 electric guitar layers. Guitar 1 employs a fuzzed out tone to play a repeated single note riff and some frantic leads. Guitar 2 plays some strong rhythmic strumming with a 60s style clean tone.

The tune features 2 distinct sections with contrasting rhythmic grooves. The verse section settles into a easy going beat with a two chord groove, while the B-section switches to a double-time feel for the "psychotic reaction"!

To play this tune using only one guitar, you'll switch between Guitar 1 and 2's parts at some key moments throughout the arrangement.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about barre chords, single note motifs, and solid strumming techniques. We are in the key of F# major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 166 BPM.