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Pre-Chorus: Don't Believe In You

 

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After the first verse, the song goes to a pre-chorus, and in this lesson I'm gonna show you both the guitar parts that are played in this section.

The basic underlying harmony here is A major to G major twice, then walking down the diatonic chords quickly: B minor, A major, and G major. Then they play 2 beats of the A major, and it goes to an F# major chord (the V chord) for 2 beats to resolve back to B minor. But the voicing is the same as before; it's a second inversion F# major, with the Bb in the bass. This creates the half-step leading tone again, back to B, and makes a nice little chromatic pattern.

That's for the first 2 pre-choruses; the 3rd one is slightly different at the end of the progression. It goes to an F major chord, which is odd in the key of B minor, since F is the tritone (b5) of B. But it works- Maroon 5 has a way of adding quirky twists to their songs.

But don't worry! The guitar is just playing simple B minor to A major chords over this broader harmony, and is tacet (lays out) after the walkdown from B minor, A major, and G major.

The bubble lick is another simple single note line. Again, you want to be precise and funky and get those ghost notes; nice chunky palm muting. This lick falls in a basic box pattern, and changes up at the end of the phrase.
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