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Watch the Heather's Song online guitar lesson by Andy McKee from Musicarium Songbook

Alright, let's take a look at my tune "Heather's Song". This tune was also originally written on a baritone guitar, but let's do it on the standard guitar today. We've tuned the guitar down a whole step again here to somewhat simulate how it would sound on a baritone.

This is a tune that I dedicated to my sister, who's name is Heather, who heard me playing this song one day before I had really figured out what I was going to do with it. She really liked it and asked me what it was called, and when she found out it had no name, she said I should name it after her. Why not? She got me into heavy metal at a young age, so I guess I owe her something!

The intro to this tune is made up of harmonics. Throughout most of the rest of the tune, we have the percussive click sound happening with your thumb, made by hitting it against the strings. Depending on what string you're going to play next, try to have your thumb land in place to play the string. So, if you're getting ready to play the 5th string, have your thumb land between the 5th and 6th string. Or, if you're going to play 4th string, you can have it land between the 4th and the 5th.