Just Breathe Guitar Lesson

Just Breathe Guitar Lesson (Pearl Jam) Video Tutorial & TAB

This is the full guitar lesson for Just Breathe by Pearl Jam.

This song was released in October 2009 as the second single from the band's ninth studio album, Backspacer. In 2007 Eddie Vedder wrote the soundtrack to the hit film Into the Wild and this song seems to be somewhat reminiscent of the tunes on that album.

It's a lot of fun to play and I think you're going to enjoy it, so let's pick up our guitars and learn Just Breathe!

Song Details:

  • Key - C major
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 108 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate

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The Lesson

OK let's get into it! Just Breathe is pretty much straight up travis picking throughout played over basic open position chords. What is quite challenging is the tempo, at 108bpm it's pretty fast and it can be demanding on the picking hand so you really need some stamina to get through the whole song. As always, just take your time with it.

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  1. Andrew Gemmell left a comment on 20th March 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Tab –

    Hi I just bought the tab and was using it on my computer, but didn’t print it off. I went back into music notes and it is not letting me get to a point to print it off again? Its saying I need to pay another $2.50 to get the .pdf now?

    Am I reading this correctly or missed a step somewhere.

    Thanks and regards

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 22nd March 2021 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Andrew, have you managed to resolved this issue yet? It must be a problem with Musicnotes, it sounds like they think that you’ve managed to print the TAB. Have you contacted their customer service team? If not you can get in touch with them here: https://help.musicnotes.com/hc/en-us

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