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Viva La Vida was written by members of the band Coldplay. It was released in 2008 on the album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” and reached #1 in both the US and UK. It also got as high as #2 in Australia. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 5 different triads used in the song. One of the chords in the song is played with a bass notes other than the root – so we’ll cover slash chords. Additionally, 2 chords are played with a 4th note – so we will touch on 7th chords As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – we will then follow that up by moving from chord to chord taking advantage of nearest inversions In the song specific techniques section, I’ll show you how to use the choice of WHERE to play the chords as well as dynamics to create the feeling of a band – and add intensity to the song - when all you have is yourself, a piano and a voice.