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"Shambala" has an unusual structure, which rather defies the typical pop form, so we have described each section simply with letters: A, B, and C. In the song, they occur in this order:

Intro A B A B C re-intro A B C B

Except for the "C" section, the whole song is the same 3 chord progression.

By way of distinction and pacing, I'll be teaching a general strum (beginning), and also a more specific, riffed up version using the same chords and a few moves (intermediate).

I play the more advanced version for the intro and "A" sections, and the more basic feel for the "B" sections.

For the first time we have a radical change in the rhythm of the song in the "C" section, which breaks up the groove and creates tension. The lyrics are repetitive, including the hook for the song: "Shambala". (These lines are the original inspiration for the song!)