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What's up? It's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Peace Of Mind" as made famous by Boston. This is a classic rock anthem with all the essential ingredients: an acoustic intro, soaring vocal melodies, and guitars layered into a powerful arrangement with crunching rhythm riffs and screaming harmony leads.

There are 5 guitar layers in this tutorial. The tune starts out with an acoustic guitar that plays by itself through the intro, and continues to play with the other guitar layers for the rest of the tune. A crunch guitar appears in the first verse, and contributes to the foundation of the tune with some great riffs throughout. There are also three lead guitar layers that play memorable melodies and searing classic rock licks. All of these guitars appear throughout the tune creating a rich tapestry of sound that became an industry standard of how to multi-layer guitars in the studio.

The opening riff is iconic and a great way to start a tune by building tension starting on the relative minor chord progression that will become the minor theme of the choruses. The verse riffs are classic rock through and through, built on early-rock cliches but transported into a more modern songwriting and production approach. The bridge section features a powerful and dramatic riff that leads us into an exciting solo section complete with blistering licks and sweetly harmonized melodies. The second bridge builds to an even bigger climax that leads to an extended outro vamp on the chorus progression.

For the single guitar performance of this song, you'll want to play the acoustic intro parts with a clean electric sound. Then you'll switch between lead and crunch tones to play the riffs, solos, and melodies throughout the tune.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about barre chords and power chords, guitar layering, classic rock licks, and harmonized leads. We are in the key of E major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 127 BPM.