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Only The Good Die Young was written and recorded by Billy Joel. It was released in 1977 on his album, The Stranger. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 6 different triads used in the song. Many are played with bass notes other than the root – so we’ll cover slash chords – these slash chords are a big part of Billy Joel’s style. As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. In the song specific techniques section, I’ll take you through the song front to back – detailing the Intro, Outro, and many of the signature licks in the song.