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Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Guaranteed appears in the hit film 'Into the Wild'  and was written by Eddie Vedder (singer of Pearl Jam). This song is great fun to play and not too tricky to master; so long as you get the fingerpicking pattern right, the rest should fall into place nicely.

The right-hand pattern is exactly the same one that is used in Kansas' song 'Dust in the Wind'; it's a very popular one that you simply have to know as it appears on many songs.

The chord changes in Guaranteed aren't too complicated either, there's no barre chords to contend with and no big stretches to worry about. As long as you're OK with your standard open position chords, then any chords that are new to you here shouldn't require too much strenuous work.

Another nice thing about this little song is the structure - it's just the verse repeating itself. Once you've learnt the 8 bars it's constructed of, all you have to do is loop it around 8 times and you would have played the entire song!

Guaranteed is no. 17 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and subscribe to get weekly lessons for each song!

Song Facts:

  • Key - G major
  • Tempo - 100 bpm
  • Recorded in 2007
  • Length - 3.05
  • Recorded for the film 'Into the Wild'
  • Vedder won a 2007 Golden Globe Award for 'Guaranteed'
  • Received an Oscar nomination for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture

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How to Play Guaranteed:


As always, take your time when learning this piece for the first time, ALWAYS focus on accuracy over speed and make sure everything is in its right place before you start to speed things up!

If you have any questions or want to share anything at all then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful.

  1. Farris left a comment on 3rd April 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Simple Travis picking but beautifully compossed and nicely played!

    Tuolumne by Eddie Vedder is worth playing too 🙂

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