Grab your gui­tar, capo and box of tis­sues for Ryan Adams’ coun­try-tinged heart­breaker

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This track from Ryan Adam’s 2000 de­but solo al­bum Heart­breaker has a lazy feel, best achieved with a re­laxed strum­ming mo­tion. Copy the song’s shuf­fle groove sim­ply by mak­ing your down­ward strums last twice as long as the up­strokes.

If your hand isn’t quite strong enough to play barre chords for the en­tire song then a capo can be a real life­saver. This es­sen­tial tool al­lows you to use fa­mil­iar open chords trans­posed and given a new lease of life higher up the fret­board. For CPMU clamp your capo across the 3rd fret and kick things off with an open G shape. Thanks to the capo the chord looks and feels just like a

Bb reg­u­lar G but now sounds a pitch.

It’s fine to think of it as G if that is eas­ier for you but we’ve writ­ten the chords on our chart at their ac­tual pitch so that you can jam along capo-free if you need to.

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