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Sleep Walk was a 1959 instrumental hit song by Santo & Johnny that featured a melody played on steel guitar. It has since been covered on guitar by great players such as Larry Carlton, Jeff Beck and Brian Setzer.
Although originally and commonly performed in the key of C, this fingerstyle solo guitar arrangement presents the chords and melody in the key of A, which brings the melody into a more desirable range for acoustic guitar.
This new key also allows for the frequent use of open strings, which adds to the sonic texture of the performance and (more importantly) makes the song easier to play!