Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

In 1969 the Dutch band Shocking Blue added Mariska Veres to their line up and recorded Venus, a song written by their guitarist/founder Robbie van Leeuwen.

They are a classic example of the one-hit-wonder tag that many bands get, despite the fact that a second near-hit of theirs was covered by Nirvana, Love Buzz.

The song starts with a bang (courtesy of Pete Townsend), and follows with a simple chord progression with a driving bass line. This lesson covers double-time, syncopated, and percussive strumming, including a way to work the bass line into the strumming, as well as a technical breakdown of the short solo.