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Lionel Richie is a multi Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter and record producer. He was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores before launching a very successful solo career in 1982.

Hello is a beautiful romantic ballad and was released in 1984 as the 3rd single from his 2nd solo album ‘Can’t Slow Down’. It became a huge hit around the world.

The song is primarily done on a piano and turns out to be easily transcribable to the guitar.

The progression is in the key of Am, with a few chords out of the key. It features several colorful chords, and the lesson shows a few different ways of playing them.

We take a close look at the right hand. This includes basic fingerpicking, strumming with either fingers or a pick, how to do a combination of both, and some ideas of how I would personally prefer to perform it.

I can’t stress enough that the song is all about the right hand. It’s about how to attack the strings and how to approach it dynamically to create the right feel and intensity.