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The Bangles are an American pop rock band, who scored several major hit singles during the 1980s.

One of those is the love song Eternal Flame, taken from their 1988 studio album ‘Everything’, and was released in 1989.

This lesson mostly takes a look at how the Bangles’ singer/rhythm guitar player Susanna Hoffs, who co-wrote the song, performs it acoustically.

The arrangement was done in the key of D, where the guitar is capoed on the 4th fret. It features almost all the chords in the key, including two barre chords, and a few outside the key by changing them from minor to major or vice versa.

While some of the chords might be a bit of a challenge to some, the strumming in double time is relatively easy and straightforward.

Since the song is in the absolute key of F#, we also take a quick look at the key of G, where the guitar is tuned down a half step. The chords and their voicings sound different, but are probably a bit easier to play.