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This song features two guitar layers. Guitar 1 is a crunch electric guitar tuned one whole step down from standard tuning, playing both rhythm and lead guitar. Guitar 2 is also a crunch electric that plays only rhythm, and is tuned to standard tuning.

The tune starts out with Guitar 1 playing a bold melody that outlines the chord progression over a steady groove from the rhythm section. The verse kicks in with some powerful strumming of a simple chord progression, with Guitar 1 adding some lead fills as a call & response to the vocals. The chorus section changes the chord progression, but is played with same aggressive attack. There is also an interlude section that drops the dynamic down, with Guitar 1 playing a bluesy diad harmony.

This song is all about the story contained in the lyric, and the guitars are used in a supportive role to the vocals.

To play this song using a single guitar approach, use Guitar 1 to play both rhythm and lead parts, or use Guitar 2 to play along using simple strumming and chords.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about a whole step down tuning, open chords and barre chords, steady strumming patterns, and some simple lead guitar approaches. We are in the key of G major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 132 BPM.