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The Scientist was written by members of the band Coldplay based on a piano riff from Chris Martin. It was released in 2002 on the album, A Rush of Blood to the Head and got as high as #10 in the UK and #18 in the US.In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 5 different triads used in the song. Five chords in the song are played with bass notes other than the root – so we’ll cover slash 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 add the extra notes that connect one chord to another in the Coldplay recording – and I’ll show you how to use 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.