Song 2 Guitar Lesson – Blur

In this quick Song 2 guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this massive hit by Blur.

Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, "Song 2" consists of a couple of very catchy guitar riffs.

We will be using standard tuning for this lesson, just like the original recording.

The opening riff is played on a clean guitar tone. It uses 5th string root power chords for every chord. It moves pretty high up the fretboard so that can be a challenge if you aren't used to playing chords up in that higher register.

When the full band kicks in, the guitar tone is switched to a heavily distorted tone. For the most part, the chords played here are the same as the intro, but with one slight difference.

Guitarist Graham Coxon adds an extra note to each of the power chords. By adding this note of the 6th string, he really thickens up the sound making it sound like he is playing a 7-string guitar.

There is also a quick transition riff that I will demonstrate as well.

You may hear a few guitar overdubs along the way that I won't cover in the lesson. Instead, I am focusing on the parts that you would actually play live, just like Coxon does.

This is a fun one, so I hope you enjoy this lesson!

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Song 2 Guitar Lesson - Blur


  1. Dennis Packer on December 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Your lessons are the best on the web!
    I really want to learn the song “Backwater” by the Meat Puppets. How could I go about getting you to do a video tutorial for that one?

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