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Arcade Fire "The Suburbs"

Lesson description: The chorus of this song slays. The sublime combination of lyric, delivery, production, and arrangement. And when I really really love a song, the best way I know how to express that is to "Haugen" it.

Here's the process:

  1. I figure out the chord structure and groove.
  2. Then, separately, I trace out the melody.
  3. Finally, with pencil and paper, I see how I can get the groove, harmony, and melody to interact on my fretboard. I don't use anything fancy, just simple CAGED chord voicings and pentatonic scales. It's usually all I need to say what I need to say!

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Format: Sibelius-created digital score with tabs & standard notation

Delivery: Tablature is available as convenient .pdf download, and my custom made backing track is included as a free extra! You'll find the download links on your checkout page and in your email. We encourage you to make a customer account when you check out, so all your future purchases can be found in one place.