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Lesson notes

Niall Horan is an Irish singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the very popular boy band One Direction.

He released his first single as a solo artist, This Town, in September 2016.

This lesson takes a close look at how Niall performs the song by himself, like for example his ‘Live, 1 Mic 1 Take’ recording.

He plays in the key of G, where the guitar is capoed on the 2nd fret. He uses basic open chords only, including a few different inversions such as Em7/B, D/A and D/F#, which often create an ascending or descending bass line, leading one chord to the next.

He keeps the picking relatively simple by using his thumb for the bass notes and his index finger brushing up across the 3rd and 2nd strings.

The progression is pretty straightforward, but does include a few time signature changes at the end of each chorus.