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Caren will show you how to play the guitar parts in this arrangement that uses a capo at the 1st fret. There is one acoustic guitar part running through the whole song supporting the vocal melody. "Mad World" uses mostly simple, open chords: E minor, G, D and A7.

Consistency of tone and timing are the key here, as the entire song rests on our guitar part! The fingerpicking technique used in this version is very laid back & atmospheric, and uses slight, random variation. The hallmark Intro riff is fun to play, and is also used later in the song at the end of each chorus.


"Mad World" is in the key of E minor (with a 1st fret capo), played in 4/4 time, at a tempo of 85 BPM.