Due to popular demand I have added this song to the lesson song page. The only guitar parts in the song are the intro riff, 1st and last solo. The verse, chorus and variation are all played mainly on keyboards. I have adapted the keyboard parts to a strumming pattern and the song sounds much like the original still.
This is an easy version to the song, instead of using bar chords (F, Bb & C) I have transposed the song up two frets, so now you can use the chords (G, C & D). If you try to play along with the CD, it will sound out of tune.
- Intro Riff
The intro riff is using two techniques within the first four notes, the "HO" between the 5 and 7 means to "Hammer On" and the "SL" between the 5 and 3 means to "Slide", in this case slide down.
The verse is a plain rhythm pattern, to make the song smoother try and change to the next chord about a beat or a half beat before. The "XXXX" on the tab are muted strings (muting with your left hand), to get a muted sound just release the pressure on your left hand making the chord but leave you fingers on the strings, so when you strum it produced a thud sound.
Being open chords you will get some open strings sounding out when you lift your fingers to mute, this is fine. You can avoid this open string sound by laying you left (fretting) hand across the strings, this is a bit more difficult because you have to reshape your hand to the chord again.
Look for the timing of the chord changes in the chorus, the second chord, G/B is played on the 2nd half beat ( 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ), and the third chord C9 comes in on the 4th half beat ( 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ), and in the 2nd bar the D chord is played on the 2nd half beat again.
- 1st Solo
This is a pretty easy solo, it's incorporating a very common lick (small riff or solo), this is the first three notes. With the 3rd finger, bend the 10th fret 2nd string up a tone (equivalent of 2 Frets), while the note is still bent use you 4th finger to play the 10th note 1st string underneath it, then play the 10th fret 2nd string again while still in it's bent position and release the bend down to its original position. You'll find this lick in a hundred songs, you just have to listen out for it.
The 1st solo is played over the chorus chords.
Play the 1st riff 3 times
When Bending a string, try to use two fingers instead of one, this will give you extra strength and more stability on the bend.
The variation is easy enough, watch out for the change from Am to A on the 3rd line, the A is played on the 4th half beat ( 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ).
- End Solo
The end solo is using the common lick discussed in the 1st solo repeated three times. This riff plays over the chorus chords while he is still singing.
Play the 1st riff 3 times