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Bruce Springsteen The River - How To Play On Guitar and Harmonica

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Uploaded on Jun 13, 2011

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The River The Lesson - Video Transcript
Hey, George here. Welcome to this video where I show you how to play The River by Bruce Springsteen on guitar and harmonica.
So, the version we're going to do here, we'll stick close to the studio version.
There are basically 3 parts to the song. We have the intro. We have the verse and the progression for the verse is the same as the harmonica solo in the middle. We
have 4 verses with choruses.
For the intro, start with Em to G to D to C. This is also played as C add 9. This adds D which is the 3rd fret, 2nd string. Then we walk down to Am, then to G, then C or C add 9.
Let's go through that. I'll add the harmonica and we'll take it slow.
For the strumming pattern, on the album, it's arpegiated, it's picked but I'm just going to keep it simple I'm just playing on the beat. Let's run that a few times so you can play along.
Now, let's go through the verses which is also the same progression as the harmonica solo so let's just do the same thing as I did for the intro. I'll play the chords slowly and put the harmonica tabs up here while we do it.
Let's see if we can make this happen. So, this is the harmonica solo, same chords as the verse and this comes in after 2 verses and choruses.
Okay, so the last thing left to do would be the chords for the chorus. Em C D G Em C D C(add9).
Okay, so that's all the chords, all the patterns. You have the intro, verses, choruses, harmonica solo and that should be everything you need to put that all together.
I'll put the tabs, the lyrics, the chords, and stuff on the website,
http://harpnguitar.com so you can find that there as well.
Thanks for watching the video. I hope you enjoyed it and got something out of it. If you know someone who would benefit from it, please send it along. Leave a message. I love to get your comments. Sign up for free lessons at http://harpnguitar.com.
Have a great day. Cheers. Peace

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