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Lesson notes

The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s.

Drive is the third single from their 1984 album ‘Heartbeat City’ and their biggest international hit.

This lesson shows how Ric Ocasek, who wrote the song, performs it by himself. This version is very simple and consists of basically four chords and easy strumming.

It also covers the album version, which involves more chords and a few differences in the progression. It’s groove/feel is different too, so we take a look at a few possible simple ways to copy it on the guitar.

For vocal reasons, I prefer to play the song in the key of D and I figured that other female vocalists might wanna do the same. For that a segment of playing in that key is included.