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Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range.

Ice Cream is taken from her 3rd 1993 studio album ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’, which became her international breakthrough. Up until that point, she stated that it is her ‘one and only love song, that doesn’t have a bad ending’.

In this lesson we take a look at how she performs it on stage. It covers the chords and the tuning, EADGAD, where the guitar is capoed on the 4th fret.

Since the alternate tuning results in very colorful chords, we also discuss the chord names and their construction.

The progression and arrangement are relatively easy, with a few little embellishments and taught in 3/4 with swing feel, even though Sarah counts it out in 6/8.