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Mike will show you the 3 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a crunch guitar that plays the bombastic rhythms throughout. Guitar 2 is a chorused clean guitar heard in the verses, and Guitar 3 is the lead guitar that digs into some killer leads and fills.

The tune starts out with the crushing power chord chorus riff setting the mood. The chorus gets dynamic with soft and loud sections that build back into the chorus. The bridge gives a change of pace by playing the chorus riff as punctuated stabs leading into the solo. The solo changes keys 3 times and features Guitar 3 laying into some killer 80s licks and tricks. There’s also a breakdown verse that leads back into the climactic outro choruses.

In the following lessons, we’ll talk about power chords, syncopated strums, palm muting, dynamics, and some textbook 80s rock leads. We are in the key of A minor, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 120 BPM.