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all right so best friends girl by the

cars this is from their 1978 album debut

album actually produced by Roy Thomas

Baker who produced a lot of really big

bands including Queen and free and

there's a whole list of bands that he's

produced excellent song three chords

it's a 3-quart song but it's what they

did with it and especially the guitar

playing by Elliot Easton who is just an

excellent guitar player and of course

Ric Ocasek playing is pretty cool too

like it's not super complicated but he's

got a real unique sort of touch and feel

on these remember so in this last one

we're gonna go over to all the rhythm

parts the fills and I did a demo of it

and you can watch that if you click that

eye up there in the corner or the length

of description box below go to my

website and I always have the demos of

the songs I do on there because a lot of

times I'll put those up two separate

videos and yeah I get a lot of people

saying well gee you know you should

really play the song first before you

teach it and I always do but many times

I'll do it in a separate video okay so

let's get on with it we're in the key of

E for this now on the record it's in the

key of F and what happened was they

recorded it and they thought it was too

slow so the only way to do it back in

those days before digital recording Pro

Tools and all this kind of stuff they

had to speed the tape up so they spent

the tape up to address the tempo issue

and why would I put it into me to get

that so if you hear it on the record

it's in the key of F but if you're

watching play it live it's

and it kind of has to be for all those

cool sort of rockabilly looks at Elliot

Easton place I mean all right so let's

get on with it we're gonna start with

Rick okay six part and it's going to go

like this alright so all that is is just

an E chord B power chord with heavily

muted on the bridge with your palm

heavily palm you know and then we go to

an A and then we go to a B but we don't

do the be like that like a lot of people

might think what makes this song sound

the way it does is that B is like that

when we got that third in there so we've

got two power chords and then the B has

the major third in there and then to get

back to the e he's gonna kind of do this

little skip and that's just sort of a

it's a down up and he's sort of catching

part of that open D in that transition

I'll try and do it real slow kind of

like that but sometimes he doesn't hit

anything he just kind of clicks like so

it's really unique to him his style

proprietary to him and then the second

or third time through he changed it up a

bit and goes like yes we're just hitting

the octaves there so let's go over the

first two or three times of that lick


and then the singing starts and it just

repeats that until we get to this then a

power chords been up here like a shape a


and from there on in we don't use that

that little skip it's just alright and

that's pretty well all there is to Ric

Ocasek spark now the first part that

Elliot Easton place is this part




so what we've got going on there is just

company been on e string to the B note

on a to a to a 42 and then


alright that's that part and then in the

next bit like so you're just hitting an

eight-core down here yeah

first position just up down up with a

string in between and then we're sliding

out in those bar chords and then to get

back to the a got that opening


all right and that's all there is to

that part except for in the end of the

song he changed it up a bit he goes




reducing sliding into that Beno


like so really cool really country sound

okay and that's it for that part now let

me just change over my sound here and

we'll get into those like rockabilly

fills all right so I've put on some slap

back delay it's about 200 milliseconds

digital delay and I put my compressor on

so the first fill that he does is this


really cool and he got the idea from

this fill from the song I will and if

you click that I up there in the corner

or the links in description box below

and go to my website I'll put a little

article I found out with some

information about all that stuff but if

you think about I will




okay so that's where that came from

he basically ripped it off but he admits

it you know cuz that's just an influence

that you know he used to come up with as

a guitar clip for this so how he's doing

that like we're Paul we'll play that all

down there in the first position LEDs

think kind of likes to go like this so

we've got opening and then p2

now we're gonna shift positions and get

into this C shaped accordion but we

don't need a little finger there and

that we don't even play that we're just

kind of forming that it's just then 1/2

of the G

and we're gonna get a little finger on



and then he kind of goes

he gets the be there hammering on the g

string down to the e note on d2 but you

could go get the B straight open if you

want it wouldn't make any difference

like there's a million ways you can play

this I'm trying to show you how I think

he played it just mostly based on

watching his live videos before so

that's the main look and that happens a

ton in the song and there's one

variation Lydia's on that where he ends

it a bit different


if that little slide from efore to e2

and other than that it's always like so

all right and then there's another

variation of that fill where he goes

like yes




and that's just before the soul so

that's just


it's the timing on that that's a little

funny together


and that goes into the solo and there's

one more thing that he does and that's

in the second verse where he goes like



you just love that part that's so nice

so we're just kind of our page shading

at a shady court on the ninth fret with

a back stroke from the B string and then

we do this like a major like che

so we've got seven thread DB and 6 fret


just slide up and slide back down


that's awesome and then the next time he

seems to fill it in


all right and that's pretty bullets for

all the Phils now in my demo I did a

keyboard part and when the keyboards

come in the Kinmen on that a chord and

I'm just faking those so I'm just doing

like an A to B and getting the G and B

string bouncing off the D string


and then in the next bit we're gonna go


so what that is is just any court


from the d-string down

again heavily palm-muted and then

the G B and E string there's like a bad

but just that part of it then and then

to the B chord but the B chord on the

keyboard part is

it's got that sus4 in it so it's ninth

fret d nitrite G and seventh fret B


all right and those are the only two

keyboard parts in the whole song okay so

that's it for this lesson

um I'm gonna do the solo in a separate

lesson and it's just an awesome solo I

think it's only about thirty something

seconds long but there's so many

techniques and cool ideas in it and I'm

gonna spend time on that because um you

can learn a ton of stuff by learning

that solo not only like technique wise

but theory wise too

I was reading about al 80s and I believe

he went to Berklee School of Music so he

kind of knows his theory and you can see

when he constructs these solos you know

it's a combination of his chops and his

technique but the theory behind it is

also really cool and really illogical

and really clever and part of you know

the reason I really like him as a guitar

player anyways make sure you watch that

I'll have that up if I don't have it up

this week I'll have it up next week and

there'll be links you know up there in

the description box too alright that's

it for this one I hope you enjoy playing

it and we'll talk to you next time