Hole Hearted Guitar Lesson – Extreme

In this video guitar lesson we will take an in-depth look at how to play Extreme's acoustic hit "Hole Hearted" in it's entirety.

As the final single from their highly successful Pornograffitti album, "Hole Hearted" is a fantastic guitar workout powered by the brilliant Nuno Bettencourt.

The entire track is played on a 12-string guitar but still sounds great on a standard 6-string acoustic guitar. You will need to tune your guitar down one half-step to Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb in order to follow along with this lesson and the original recording as well.

The intro is relatively simple with just a simple D major chord shape moved up to E then F. However, after the full band kicks in things really get ramped up in the difficultly department.

Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt launches into the verse rhythm which contains lots of fast hammer-ons, pull-offs, double-stops and country inspired open string licks. It definitely isn't for the faint of heart and will be a great challenge for most guitar players.

When attempting to play this challenging section of "Hole Hearted", focus on practicing it one phrase at a time like I teach it in the video lesson. After that, you can proceed to put all of those pieces together into one cohesive unit once they have all been mastered.

The pre-chorus uses some interesting chord voicings that require you to shift up and down most of the fretboard. Even though you will have to move around a lot, the chord forms themselves are relatively simple.

The chorus is a bit more laid back when it comes to moving all around the fretboard. You will still need to concentrate on getting the bass line to pop out of the mix but the chords a relatively simple here as well. However, the end of the chorus contains a quick arpeggio picked sequence that should probably be isolated and practiced on it's own before throwing it in with the rest of the chorus.

So I hope you guys enjoy this great acoustic guitar workout from one of my favorite guitar players, Nuno Bettencourt. 🙂


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Hole Hearted Guitar Lesson - Extreme


  1. Seth Juneau on May 2, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Hi Carl,

    Is there anyway you could do a video lesson on Extreme- Rest in Peace?

    • Carl Brown on May 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Great song and Nuno is one of my favorite players. I will do it if i get enough requests for it! 🙂

  2. Plastic Man on June 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    great lesson of this song! picked up some nuances in your instruction that I hadn’t before. sounds much better!
    Another one of theirs that I cannot seem to make sound quite right yet is “Cupid’s Dead”. Any chance you could do this one also?

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