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“Corpus Christi Carol” as made famous by Jeff Buckley is a guitar and vocal cover of an old English hymn that features some delicate solo electric guitar.

Mike will show you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that mimics the carol bells that the song title is based upon. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar that adds some harp-like arpeggios later in the song.

The song opens with Guitar 1 playing a descending motif that sets the vibe of the tune. The verse and chorus sections use a similar approach with some hypnotic and delicate descending notes and chords. Both guitars trade ascending harmonies in the outro to end off the tune.

Guitar 1 uses a DGDGAD tuning with a capo on the 7th fret. Guitar 2 uses standard tuning.

In the following lessons, we’ll talk about the use of a capo and open tuning, a delicate fingerstyle approach, and dynamics. We are in the key of A minor, with a 12/8 time signature, at a tempo of 70 BPM.