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First let's talk a little bit about the gear that I'll be using for this song, but as always you have to remember that you rarely need any specific gear to be able to play a certain song. Of course it will sound more like the original if you have the same gear, but that doesn't mean it can't be different in a cool way, when you play it on whatever gear you have. So always keep that in mind when we're talking gear.

That being said, I'll be using my steel-string, Martin-style VKV acoustic for both the guitar parts, and I'll be strumming and picking the strings with a medium pick. If your pick is really thin you'll get a lot of attack and less of the actual note, which is sometimes cool. If your pick is thicker you'll get more note, but the attack can tend to be unpleasant. For a part like this, I find a medium pick to be the perfect compromise.

I'm using a combination of an overhead mic and my built-in L.R. Baggs pickup system to get the tone that you hear in this video. You could also play this song on a Nylon string guitar, and it could even work on electric guitar if you dial a nice clean tone and use the neck pickup.