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Lesson notes

Every Breaking Wave is a song by the amazing Irish rock band U2. It is taken from their latest 2014 studio album ‘Songs Of Innocence’.

The lesson takes a look at the acoustic version as recorded on the deluxe version of the album in which Edge plays it on the piano.

It features an easy progression in the key of C, using a classic IV, VI, I, V where the guitar is capoed on the 4th fret to match the absolute key of E.

The arrangement shows a simple fingerpicking arpeggio, copying Edge’s piano playing, for most parts of the song. For the other parts it shows random picking and strumming, while accentuating beats 1, the and of beat 2 and beat 4. It also covers a little melody line in the chorus which might be tricky to some guitar players.