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Lesson notes

The Boys Of Summer is a song written by Eagles vocalist/drummer Don Henley and Mike Campbell. It’s the lead track and first single from Henley’s 1984 album ‘Building The Perfect Beast.'

This lesson shows a way of how to perform it with only one guitar and is, like the original, presented in standard tuning with all the strings tuned down a half step.

We take a look at the opening riff, the melody notes through out the intro and the super easy progression. There are only four basic open chords involved, which one could spice up a bit by adding some notes to give them a little more color.

The song requires quite a lot of the strumming hand. It’s fast, should be done randomly, with focused strumming in some parts, while picking out several melody notes.