This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Every Breath You Take by The Police.
Every Breath You Take was written by Sting and the song appears on The Police's 1983 album Synchronicity. This is one of the bands best-known and loved songs and it was so successful that it stayed at the number one spot on The Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks!
This arrangement of Every Breath You Take can be pretty tough at certain times. The intro and verse aren't too hard but parts of the chorus are demanding, likewise the bridge will certainly be challenging for some of you. Having said that, it's well worth the work as it's such a joy to play.
Alright, let's start learning how to play Every Breath You Take!
- Capo - 2nd fret (optional)
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 117 bpm
- Difficulty - advanced
Every Breath You Take (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Every Breath You Take, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Every Breath You Take Guitar Lesson
In this first lesson we're going to learn the main riff/progression of Every Breath You Take and then we'll look at the verse of the song. Really familiarise yourself with the chords and get comfortable changing between them and, as always, really take your time as you bring in the melody and put the whole thing together.
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How to Play the Chorus
Next we have the chorus, things certainly get a little harder here and it's pretty fiddly at times. You'll really need good technique and some left hand strength to play it well.
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How to Play The Bridge
This section of Every Breath You Take is a lot of fun to play but it's also pretty hard to get right.
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How to Play The Instrumental Section
For this section you're playing the main progression of the song, but you're also adding in the melody line on top. This sounds like two guitars playing simultaneously.
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How to Play The Outro
There's just the outro left now and this section is similar to the instrumental in that you're playing two parts together but this bit is even harder! Bear in mind that you could just play the main progression as the outro and that would still sound great.
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