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Don’t Know Why was written by Jesse Harris in 1999. It was recorded and released as a single by Norah Jones in 2002. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 6 different triads used in the song. Several of them are played with an added 7, so we’ll talk about how to do that. There are also a few chords that are played with a bass note other than the root – so we will cover slash chords 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 many of the signature licks in the song. This includes the lovely melodic line in the introduction, and the rhythmic feel of the song, and sliding off black notes on the way to a white note to get a note-bending effect.