Roxette was a Swedish duo who had some big hits around the world in the 1990s and into the 2000s. Per Gessle was the guitarist/songwriter who crafted the tunes that were delivered by Marie Fredriksson.
Most of the original recordings were slickly produced but were easily adapted to acoustic versions as seen in their MTV Unplugged video. These are the versions and arrangements that Vanessa has masterfully broken down and presented for these lessons.
Lesson 1: Listen To Your Heart - Roxette
Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of vocalist Marie Fredriksson and singer-songwriter Per Gessle. They became a very popular international act in the late 80’s and 90’s.
Listen To Your Heart, taken from their 1988 2nd studio album ‘Look Sharp!’ became one of the most successful singles of 1989, reaching number one in both the US and Canada.
This lesson is initially based on their acoustic version as broadcast by MTV Unplugged, which features a relatively easy guitar arrangement in the key of Am.
There is also a segment covering the progression of the studio recording. This arrangement is both vocally, as well as playing wise, far more challenging, since the key changes twice, a whole step up, respectively in the bridge and final chorus.
Lesson 2: Joyride - Roxette - Guitar Lesson
Joyride is a major hit song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was released as the lead single from their third studio album, ‘Joyride’ (1991) and became one of Roxette’s biggest hits, topping the charts around the world.
This arrangement is entirely based on their acoustic version as broadcast on MTV Unplugged.
We take a look at the chords, the feel of the double time strumming, the progression and in particular, how to approach it dynamically, when it’s just you playing it by yourself.
Lesson 3: Spending My Time by Roxette - Guitar Lesson
Spending My Time is a beautiful ballad by Swedish duo Roxette, released as the 4th single from their 3rd studio album ‘Joyride’ (1991). Even though it was less commercially successful than their previous singles, it still remains a fan’s favorite.
The lesson is once again based on their acoustic version, as broadcast on MTV Unplugged.
The song features many chords, including several barre chords, due to a key change in the final chorus. It should be done using double time strumming, with accents on beats 1, the and of beat 2 and beat 4.
Lesson 4: It Must Have Been Love
It Must Have Been Love is one of the Swedish pop duo Roxette’s best selling singles, being certified gold or platinum in many countries.
Roxette has recorded four versions of the song, and this lesson covers two of those.
Of course we take a look at the one which appears on the soundtrack of the movie-hit ‘Pretty Woman’ (1990), with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
The progression is mainly in the key of C, but changes to the key of F, taking it up 2 1/2 steps. This is both vocally and guitar wise quite challenging.
They’ve released a more acoustic version (L.A. Studio Recording) on their album ‘Tourism’ (1992) and they, for example, performed it during their Unplugged show, broadcast by MTV.
The progression for this version is similar, but the key change goes up a whole step to the key of D instead, making it probably easier for most people.
Lesson 5: Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)
Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave) is a ballad by the Swedish duo Roxette, released as the second single from their third studio album ‘Joyride’ (1991).
This lesson is entirely based on how Roxette performed it during their MTV Unplugged show.
We take a look at all the chords, mainly in the key of F and how to randomly fingerpick through the song. One could of course also use a pick.
The most important aspects are the ability to fill up the measures, and to somewhat accentuate the ‘and of beat 2’, which is when many chord changes appear.