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There are 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that gives the tune its bounce. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar that strums to keep a steady groove. A capo is placed on the 2nd fret of the acoustic to play this song.

The intro features a cool melody from Guitar 1 that sets the vibe. The band kicks into the groove and settles into the first verse. There is also a solo section appearing twice in the arrangement that features some great old country melodies from the electric guitar.

To play this tune using one guitar, choose either Guitar 1 or Guitar 2, and play it all the way through.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about steady acoustic strumming, open chords, boom chuck rhythm with alternating bass motion, palm muting, the use of a capo, and simple country lead approaches. We are in the key of E major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 91 bpm (effectively 182 bpm with cut time).

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Instructor Mike Olekshy
Big River