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Lesson notes

Bad Day is a pop song by Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Powter and taken from his self-titled debut studio album (2005).

The arrangement as taught in this lesson is entirely based on unplugged performances by Daniel and his guitar player.

It covers the chords and progression in the key of C and takes a quick look at the strumming, which involves a bit of swing feel and palm muting.

The arrangement also features a few chords out of the key, including barre chords and a few inversions. Those make the song more challenging to play than it seems at first sight.

For those who’d like to sing the song higher, we take a look at how to play it in the key of D as well. The chords for this key have similar challenges.