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Lesson notes

Running On Empty, written and performed by American singer-songwriter, Jackson Browne, is the opening track of his 5th album with the same name and became one of his signature songs.

In the lesson we take a look at the acoustic version, based on his performances at ‘Later With Jools’ and the ‘Philadelphia Folk Festival’.

Even though the song features only four chords in the key of G, using the I IV V and VI, it does consist of a couple of different chord shapes. He also uses an alternate tuning, CGDGBD. The lesson covers the syncopated chord changes, a bass run and a few little riffs to dress up the playing.