Slow Burn – Kacey Musgraves

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Hey everyone! In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you all (y’all?) how to play “Slow Burn” by Kacey Musgraves. This tune has a really interesting harmony but is dead simple to play.

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We start off with some chord shapes, and practice playing them (using downstrokes only) just to get the order right.

The shapes used are: Asus2, Em7, G, Dsus2, Cadd9 and D11 (or Dadd9/11)

These might seem complicated, but they’re really just simple chords with small modifications made to them.

The strumming pattern is also something that we can play in a very simple way (DuD D Du) – OR we can spice it up and add some dynamics to get it to sound just like the song.

We also take the time to go over some embellishments, like adding a hammer-on to A, and using D11 instead of Dsus2… these are little things that’ll make the song sound a lot more authentic.

Hope you enjoy the lesson! See you soon!


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