The Who: Pin­ball Wiz­ard

Play rhythm gui­tar like Pete Town­shend and nail his strum­ming pat­terns. Just be sure to keep a sup­ple wrist!

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Pete Town­shend’s rock opera Tommy pro­duced this clas­sic track, which was a huge hit for the band in 1969. From just one strum, the song is in­stantly recog­nis­able and it show­cases Town­shend’s for­mi­da­ble rhythm gui­tar tal­ent.

Town­shend uses over 20 chords in Pin­ball­wiz­ard but don’t panic because they boil down to just a hand­ful of shapes. The iconic Bsus4 to B chord shapes re­peat across the fret­board in a de­scend­ing se­quence. Learn these two shapes and you’ve got most of the track cov­ered.

Once you hit the strum­ming pat­tern in bar 10, you’ll need a good deal of stamina to main­tain it, mak­ing Pin­ball Wiz­ard a great track for de­vel­op­ing your rhythm tech­nique. Prac­tise slowly and make sure to only step the tempo up once you can play con­fi­dently and with­out any mis­takes.

Pay close at­ten­tion to the ac­cented strums (marked with a ‘>’ sym­bol). These give the rhythm its all im­por­tant sense of groove.

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