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I Can't Explain - Who - Guitar Parts

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Published on Jul 31, 2009

The chords to Can't Explain are fairly easy, but the guitar solos are pretty tricky to decipher. Here's what I've managed to come up with. My version isn't intended to be a note-for-note duplication of the original recording. It's just a way I've come to play the song over the years.

First you'll see me playing this live on top of a simple backing track I made using Garageband. Then you'll see a voiceless tutorial where I try to make it easier for you to see the fingerings I use.

Guitar used as a Washburn Woodstock Studio A.

If you're a beginner, this is a great chord progression to learn:

E
x7999x

D
x5777x


A
xx7655

E
xx7999

These are known to some as I-IV-V (as in "one-four-five") chords because those are the numbers of the notes you get in the key of A. If you learn how to mess around with I-IV-V in any key, you can play most classic rock, blues or country songs.

I use a different E chord when I play the bridge ("I can't explain / I think it's love ...") because the open strings add more jangle:

E
x79900

C#min
x46650

A
507650




B
7x9870

I play the second part of the bridge two different ways in the video. Both show the same notes. Only difference is that they're played at different spots in the neck. What's happening is that I'm adding an extra finger or two in order to add a layer of melody to the chords. But you can get away with just playing the straight chords.

Sorry folks, but no tabs. I just not a tabbin' kinda guy.

Shameless commercial plug: If you're a Mac user, buy The Macintosh iLife '09 by Jim Heid. That's the book I'm using to teach myself how to use this stuff. This book is the reason you're able to see the picture-in-picture versions of the solos.

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