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The intro features some cool licks, and introduces the main lick of the song. Note that the tone here is very clean for these licks, as the tune starts off rather subdued. The very first lick is at the 8th position, putting you in the correct position for the signature lick of the tune.

Note the use of the sliding in the main lick; it's very important to get this technique down as it really is a huge part of the identifiable nature of the lick. The notes are from A minor pentatonic. Be mindful of your fingering as you end up shifting back to the 5th position by the end of the lick.

The licks in between are simple and tasteful, a hallmark of Mike Campbell's style throughout Petty's entire career. Once you get the licks under your fingers, be mindful of the feel of the song, and settle into that killer laid back groove the band is laying down.
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