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Lesson notes

Keane are an English alternative rock band, formed in 1995. They are known for using a piano or a synth as the lead instrument instead of guitars, differentiating them from most other rock bands.

‘Somewhere Only We Know’ is the first track of their very successful debut album ‘Hopes And Fears’, released in 2004.

The arrangement on the guitar is done in the key of G, capoed on the second fret, as vocalist Tom Chaplin and guitar player Jesse Quin do. It uses all the chords in the key except for chord VII.

Both of them keep it very simple, but this lesson shows how to color a few of those chords as piano player Tim Rice-Oxley does.

The strumming is relatively easy and should be done in double time. It needs to be driving, steady and consistent.