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Tight Grip on the Bottle: Acoustic Verse

 

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The verses feature an acoustic guitar strumming open chords. This is a simple progression using open G, C, and D chords (the cowboy chords). Strum steady 8th notes here, with accents on the backbeats (2nd and 4th beats of every measure).

Look out for a variation in the 2nd verse where an A chord is inserted to set up the move to the V chord (D chord). This is a common move in country music songs, and it's interesting that it only happens in the second verse.

The dynamic here in the verses is lower compared to the rest of the tune, so be sure to keep your strums more relaxed and at a softer level.
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