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Lesson notes

On January 15th 2015, the Decemberists, an American indie folk band from Portland, Oregon, released their new album ‘What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.' Make You Better is the 4th track and first single to be released.

The lesson takes a look at the album version and also on how Colin Meloy, the front man of the band, plays it by himself.

It’s in the key of D, using the I, IV, V and VI, with two different shapes for each chord. The lesson covers the progression and takes a close look at the speed of the strumming hand, since Colin tends to change from the speed of 16th’s to 8th’s back and forth throughout the song, sometimes even within a measure.

Another important aspect is the syncopated chord changes which mainly happen mainly in the intro, outro, interlude and verses, but also in the other sections of the song.