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In 1973 The Steve Miller Band released The Joker, an album and title song that started his journey into a more pop/rock direction that the more blues/psychedelic style that had been coming out of San Francisco for a few years.

The Joker is a great example of how a simple chord progression, combined with some musical and lyrical hooks, can become a staple of the musical scene. It certainly helps that it is very easy to play as well.

This lesson covers the chord progression and riff, as well as a look at the palm muting technique to help the guitar sound a little more like a bass.