Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

That’s Just The Way It Is is a anti-war ballad by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was released as a single in 1990 from his fourth solo studio album ‘…But Seriously’. (1989) It features David Crosby on background vocals. 

This lesson teaches an arrangement in the key of D (Capo III) with the 6th string tuned down a whole step to D, Dropped D-Tuning. 

It breaks down the intro, which is the main theme throughout the song, in two different ways. It’s effective, sounds lovely and with a little practice it should be doable for most guitar players. 

We of course take a look at both hands and go through the progression. The latter repeats itself often and is very straight forward.