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5.2 Song Structure & Melody

Now have a listen to Andy playing the melody line of the verse to The One I Love over our great backing track and providing you with a few facts on the structure, its speed and that learning this will improve your fretting skills and muscle memory no end.

So, first things first, here are some facts about The One I Love. It was REM’s first single to break the billboard top 10 (reaching no.9) and released in 1987 from their fifth full-length studio album “Document.”

If you listen carefully you can pick out the following instruments in the song, which was recorded at 130 beats per minute (BPM).

In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at number 57 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, so this is an absolute must to learn.

And next, here is the structure – but first of all give the song a listen all the way through before you start to break the song down into is component parts.

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