Watch the African Rain: 1 online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from World Rock Guitar

Simplicity is key here. Playing triads is easy and really adds to the overall rhythmic vibe in a tune like this. Evoking a Kalimba style effect with the heavy palm muting really creates an African percussive sound. Combining this with open strings in G major and trills in the melody give it a really authentic feel. Little nuances are really what make these melodies work.