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Lesson notes

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980’s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball.

Tainted Love was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965, but it never made in to the charts. Soft Cell covered the song with a very different arrangement and in a lower key, making it a huge huge hit in many countries.

The lesson takes a look at how to establish the main bass part, while playing the chords. It involves dampening the strings and focused strumming, with a swing feel, to create a percussive effect while keeping the bass part going.

The progression is very easy and contains only five chords in the key of Em, with one chord out of the key. The guitar is capoed on the 3rd fret to match the absolute key of Gm.