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Lesson notes

Beast Of Burden, from The Stones’ 1978 album Some Girls, is a great example of simplicity and almost minimalism at its best. The main two guitar parts consist of Keith Richards playing a few embellishments over 3-string triads, and Ronnie Wood noodling around with mostly pentatonic scales.

This lesson explains both, and also includes a simple way of strumming a single guitar accompaniment, as well as a little overview of triads played as 3 or 4 string reductions from our common barre chords families. There is also a somewhat advanced explanation of breaking the usual constant strumming motion and accenting down strokes on on what are usually upstrokes.