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Intro Riff: Guitar 1

 

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First let's break down the classic intro riff, played by the rhythm guitar. We're in the key of B for this song, and for the main rhythm guitar, we have our capo in the 7th fret. That means that our B chord will look like an E chord. Think of the capo as the barre and you'll recognize the chord.

As always, I'll refer to the chords by what they look like in order to avoid confusion. So I'll call this an E chord, even though it rings as a B chord. Harmonically this is I, bVII to IV.

We're going to use our open position boogie-pattern. Do that for 2 beats. I'm applying some light palm muting and using all downstrokes in my right hand. Next up we'll grab our D chord. And then we lift off our 2nd finger, so the high E string rings open and hit it again.

Finally we do a full bar of our boogie pattern in A.

When you play this at full speed, you'll realize that it's quite a right hand workout to play all of these downstrokes with the heavy swing feel. But it really helps to think of and emphasize the quarter notes.
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