Although this is written in 3/4, it could be argued that it has a 6/8 feel due to the handclap backbeat (this is certainly so in Joe’s live versions). That said, the melody pickup comes in on beat 3 and the time base is much easier to read in crotchets rather than dotted crotchets and quavers. You might end up feeling it and reading it two different ways, so whichever works best is fine!
There are some pretty challenging chord stretches throughout this section, so your enemy here will be unwanted string sounds creeping through and fret buzz through unsure fingering. However, the bass notes are compressed and eQd way down in the mix on the original, so you could remove them entirely without really affecting the vibe of the track.