Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

Iris is a great song by American alternative rock band the Goo Goo Dolls. Originally written for the soundtrack of 1998 film ‘City of Angels’, the song was later included on the band’s sixth album ‘Dizzy Up The Girl’ and has contributed greatly to the band’s success.

In the lesson we will talk about the unusual tuning, BDDDDD, which makes the song easy to play. The biggest challenge lies within the time signature since it changes from 8/8 to 6/8 and back throughout the arrangement. We will also take a look at the little embellishments and ascending and descending bass lines which are being played during the guitar solo.

The lesson includes a segment about an alternative way to play this song, using Double Drop D-Tuning, and more details will be added if there is enough interest.