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Lesson notes

Carrie is a 1987 hit single and power ballad by the Swedish hard rock band Europe and appears on their album ‘The Final Countdown’. It was written by frontman Joey Tempest and keyboardist Mic Michaeli.

The lesson takes a look at the acoustic version as performed, for example, on their ‘Live From The Dark’-DVD. It features Joey accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar.

It covers the progression, which involves many chord changes, 5 basic chords in the key of G, the strumming at the speed of 16th’s, the ‘Wish You Were Here’-fill in the interlude and how he dresses it up a bit.

The lesson is presented in standard tuning, as performed on the original recording, but on stage the guitar is tuned down a half step.