This tune is essentially three songs in one, and a demonstration of Sting's master songwriting skills. The idea is that the various sounds depict this foreign place via sound, and it does an awesome job! Simone takes you through every single part!
For the main part of the song we are using 3 barre chord shapes. These are E minor, A major and B minor. The 3 chord shapes that Simone is using are shown here:
For the rhythm, we are using a classic reggae groove, playing on the off beats. We can either use 8th notes or 16th notes, as Simone describes. Both grooves are shown below. We would recommend trying to do the 16th note groove.
There is a really cool jazzy bridge section we suddenly are rolling through a lot more chord shapes, including a tricky diminished chord. The chord shapes are as shown below, and you simply strum each of them once per bar.
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When we're talking about classic guitar riffs, they don't get too much more famous than this. They also don't get that much harder in a pop/rock context! We once again see the awesome use of add9 chords, alongside some quick and accurate right hand picking. Simone takes you through all parts of the song in this lesson.