Let’s learn this catchy pop classic! As you listen you’ll notice the contrast between different sections of the music, with drums and other instruments dropping out in some parts, and building up in others. This adds a strong sense of momentum to the song, so even if the underlying chords and melodies stay the same, it always feels like it’s going somewhere new.
Everybody for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar
In the main melody exercise (level 3) you’ll play the main vocal and instrumental melodies, slightly simplified to be playable on the guitar. It’s mostly in the first 3 frets, but look out for the quick position shifts up to fret 5 with the pinky during the chorus.
In the cowboy chords exercise (level 4) you’ll play the main chords of the song: Am, F, E, G. You may notice that Am, F, and G sound normal together, but the E chord adds an exotic and dramatic quality. Once you learn to listen out for this characteristic E->Am sound, it’ll stand out in lots of other songs too.
In the riff exercise (level 4) you’ll play the catchy bass riff, along with some power chords. It’s pretty quick, so start slow, and use alternate picking (down-up) on the faster notes if needed.
Everybody for Bass
by: Vellu Halkosalmi, Music Education Designer for Bass and Ukulele
In the basic bassline exercise (level 1) you’ll be playing just a few notes, but they are the fun ones! Focus on your timing and getting a full sound out of every note you play!
The full bassline exercise (level 5) includes the full original bassline of the song adapted for 4-string bass using Drop D tuning (tune your E string down a whole step to D). Focus on playing those descending 8th notes fully connected to each other (this type of articulation is called ‘legato’). If you happen to have a distortion/overdrive pedal for your bass, you could try out switching that on for each chorus.
Everybody for Piano
by: Sunny Choi, Music Education Designer for Piano
This exercise is a simplified solo piano version, where you get to play all the key notes in the bass and the melody. The song might seem long at first, but theres actually quite a lot of repeating patterns. Just practice it bit by bit and before you know it, you can gold star the whole song.
In this exercise you’ll get to practice the iconic bass line in this song. There is quite a lot of chromatic movement in it, meaning moving up and down without skipping any black keys. Try to slow it down in practice mode and pay extra attention to the finger colors.
The chords in this song are really simple. What may make it feel challenging is the active bass line. Try gold starring the bass exercise before moving on to this accompaniment exercise. If your keyboard has different sounds, this exercise is great for experimenting different synthesizer sounds!
This is a nice melody exercise with a comfortable amount of repetition. You can start by learning the chorus, as it’s the easiest part to play and sing along with.
Before playing this exercise, I recommend you have a look the the melody and bass exercises. The fingering in the left hand might feel tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it fast. If you haven’t exercised the bass line separately, the chorus might seem more complicated than what it really is.