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Lesson notes

Sheriff was a Canadian rock band in the early 1980s, best known for their 1982 song ‘When I’m With You’.

When I’m With You is a power ballad, and released as the 2nd single from their self-titled debut album. A top 10 hit in Canada in 1983, and later upon its re-release (1989) it reached #1 in the US.

This lesson teaches all the usual suspects like the chords, the strumming combined with some flatpicking, the progression and arrangement.

Even though the song seems easy to play, there is, which is in general often the case, still more to it. This is what I would call the magic behind the so called simplicity of it all. It’s in the details, and I break down quite a few of those.