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Bend and Break is a song by English rock band Keane, released as the 5th and final single from their highly successful debut album ‘Hopes and Fears’ (2004).

This lesson teaches how to play it as Tom Chaplin, the band’s frontman and vocalist, does. He sometimes performs the song by himself, on guitar, in the key of E, using several barre chords, and keeping it simple.

We also take a look at the key of D, which might be less challenging to some guitar players. From there it is also easier to get a little closer to the album version, by incorporating, for example, the piano intro and a few other little details.