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Lesson notes

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin who actually don’t need an introduction at all. They have released 13 albums, won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band and are one of the world’s best selling music artists of all time.

Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of is the second single from their 2000 album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2002.

U2’s lead singer Bono has stated that he wrote the song about the suicide of his friend Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the band INXS. It’s about a fight between friends which he felt guilty for never having with Hutchence when he was still alive.

The lesson takes a look at the acoustic version as being performed on the David Letterman show and also other live performances in which Edge plays it by himself.

The arrangement is done in an open E-tuning, where the 5th and 4th string are raised a whole step and the 3th string a half step. It’s in the key of E, using chords I, II, IV, V, VI, a few out of the key and a diminished chord.

The playing involves flatpicking, syncopated chord changes and random strumming at the speed of 16th’s with accents on beat 1, the ‘and’ of beat 2 and beat 4.