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Its roots are from Britain, but it came to prominence thanks to '80s college rock.



  • Demonstrate genre-defining elements of jangle guitar.
  • Show how to use common chord shapes to create uncommon harmonies.
  • Add rhythmic variation to your right-hand with syncopated strums, arpeggios, and combinations of the two.
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Although the term "jangly guitar" is commonly associated with 1980s college rock bands such as the Smiths and R.E.M., the jangle sound has its roots in the British invasion of the 1960s (the Beatles), found a place in 1970s hard rock and '80s progressive rock (Led Zeppelin and Rush), and is starting to resurface in the contemporary indie-rock scene (Mac DeMarco, Plums, and Vacations). No matter your genre preference, this lesson will show you how to add some jangle–and lots of new chords–to your guitar playing.

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