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Lesson notes

Starving is a song by American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld and American duo Grey, featuring Russian-German producer Zedd.

It features a simple progression in the key of E and uses mainly only four chords.

We take a thorough look at those chords, which start out as two finger shapes, then changes to three finger shapes and eventually full barre chords.

The picking starts relatively easy as well, using two strings, then three strings and changes to full on strumming in the chorus. Especially the latter has a heavy syncopated feel and one needs to have a strong sense of rhythm in order to get the timing right, without losing the beats.

Other than that, the picking includes percussion by tapping the strings on beats 2 and 4, and even a bit of swing feel plus an unexpected hammer on/pull off at the end of the song.