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Lesson notes

The Story is a song released by the very talented American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. She is known for possessing a big voice that cracks emotively when she is belting.

The song was written by Phil Hanseroth, her bassplayer, and appears on her second 2007 album with the same name. It received exposure to a wider audience by being played on the soundtrack to medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

The arrangement features an easy progression in the key of A, using the very common I, V, VI, IV progression. It involves steady, consistent, driving and even a bit of aggressive strumming as well as flatpicking. The lesson also covers the solo which appears after the second verse.