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Tide Is High - Blondie

The Beginner's Songbook

This Blondie hit is great fun for beginners, just 3 easy chords.

And as well as easy 4 down strums on the beat, it can be fun to play in 'double time' and play on beats 2 and 4 and mute on 1 and 3 conpared with the very slow count. You could also think of it as playing on the 'and' and muting on the beat but for beginners that's a bit odd because you know you alwya splay up on the 'and' right? ;)

Counting Double time

D . D . D . D . - Easy Slow 4 downs
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 - Double time feel
m D m D m D m D - Easy Reggae feel

Tuning Up
So maybe the original recording was sped up a little but it's certainly a bit sharp. About 20 cents in my estimation. You can fix it using software like Transcribe! - the tuning function.

Watch The Video Guitar Lesson

Watch The Original Video Clip

Getting the Sound

This is my Maton, Michael Fix model.




Lesson ID: BS-128