Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

The One That Got Away is a song by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry. It appears on her best selling 3rd studio album ‘Teenage Dream’ (2010), which is the 2nd album in history to produce five number-one singles (after Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’).

It’s very similar to her single Thinking Of You and she often performs the songs going from one into the other.

The arrangement is done in the key of E and uses all three major and three minor chords, including three barre chords, making it quite a bit more difficult than Thinking Of You. For that we discuss how to practice those by using the squeeze/release/lift-drills.

The good news is that the progression is 8 measures long and is, besides the bridge, the same all the way through.

We of course take a look at the strumming, and break down a few examples as how Perry plays it.

There is also a segment which teaches how to play the song in the key of C (Capo IV), for the ones who find the barre chords too big of a challenge.