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Diamond In The Rough is a song by American singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. It’s the second track on her Grammy Award winning debut album, ‘Steady On’, which was released in 1989.

The lesson is based on Shawn’s live performances, which she mostly does by herself. The song features very cool up tempo rhythm guitar playing and the student has to master basic strumming skills.

An important technique to work on is muting or dampening the strings. Shawn also uses lots of embellishments, such as hammer-on’s, pull-off’s, slides and even vibrato to dress it up. The arrangement is done in double dropped D-tuning, capoed at the 8th fret.

Since Shawn has been around the music industry for over 25 years, her playing is loose, random and varied. The student is encouraged to make the song their own as well.