This is the full guitar lesson for The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel.
The Boxer appears on Simon & Garfunkel's fifth studio album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. The song was released as a single on the 21st March 1969 and reached number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Boxer was a follow-up to one of the duo's most successful singles 'Mrs Robinson' and Rolling Stone went on to rank it at number 106 on their '500 Greatest Songs of All Time' list.
Alright, let's start learning how to play The Boxer!
- Key - originally in B major but we're doing it in C.
- Tuning - standard (originally recorded half step down)
- Tempo - 92 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate
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How to Play The Boxer
The Boxer has its challenges when it comes to playing it but it isn't too hard. There are no difficult chords or big stretches or anything like that to deal with but you may find the intro a little difficult to get nice and smooth, and the right-hand picking pattern may also be a little tricky at first. Once you have those two things down, the rest should come without too much pain.
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