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Lesson notes

The Air That I Breathe is a ballad written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. It was initially recorded by Hammond and appears on his 1972 album ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’.

It was a major hit for the Hollies, who recorded it two years later after hearing a beautiful cover version done by Phil Everly the year before.

This lesson is mostly based on the Hollies’ version, but shows some insight on how Hammond plays it in concerts as well.

We take a look at the chords in the key of C and A, the double time strumming and the progression. The latter is a little unusual with a few chords out of the key, by changing a few from major to minor or vice versa. It also features a couple of barre chords.