Float On Guitar Lesson – Modest Mouse

Float On Guitar Lesson - Modest Mouse

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In this quick little video guitar lesson we will take a look at the catchy and fun smash hit by Modest Mouse “Float On”.

There aren’t very many guitar parts to learn so everything will probably only take you a few minutes to master even if you have only a “modest” ability on the guitar.

In this Float On guitar lesson I will quickly show you how to play those chords and licks.

The song starts with a four chord progression that employs a few hammer-ons within the chords as well. I would say the hardest part of this progression would be to properly time the hammer-ons within the strumming. The first and the third chords within the progression are the ones that contain the hammer-ons, so you may want to isolate those and practice them before playing the entire progression.

Over this chord progression comes a nice little catchy melody that I am sure almost every radio listener constantly had in their head when “Float On” first hit the airwaves in 2004.

The repetitive little melody is quite easy to play but does require you to mute the notes in a specific tempo to properly recreate the sound. Also, you will obviously need a second guitarist playing with you to play this melody since it happens over the previously learned chord progression.

Other than that, all we have left to learn is the serene chorus riff. This riff uses the exact same chords as the verse albeit in a arpeggio picked style.

The arpeggio picking pattern is consistent except for the very last chord. Be sure to let all the notes of each chord ring out as much as possible to help create the dreamlike atmosphere of this part.

Well that is about it! I hope you guys enjoy learning one of the most beloved pop rock hits of this new millennium!

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  1. I think it would be nice if you elaborated jut a bit on the strumming pattern. Other than that fantastic video 🙂

  2. Thanks again for posting this lesson – super cool!

  3. The Random Biscuit

    4:58 just do it

  4. More Modest Mouse, please.

  5. can you do six gun quota by seether, there are no lessons on this song

  6. you rock man! great work!

  7. Thanks man that was super easy. now i can play along to one of my favorite songs! d(^-^)b

  8. hey you should look into some more Modest mouse songs like dashboard and missed the boat.

  9. I don't usually request things, but I'd love to see "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness. Can't find a good lesson anywhere, and you're the best teacher on YouTube.

  10. Your a great guitar teacher, can you show more metal, Laid To Rest by Lamb Of God pls

  11. Awesome vid, is there any chance on a lesson on the "five magics" outro solo? Ive tried but I cant figure it out.

  12. Awesome! I really appreciate lessons .
    Any chance you could do an Elliott Smith " Angel in the snow " tutorial ?

  13. You said, that you love Metallica, so what about do next pack of lessons on song ,,To live is to die,, (which is in my opinion a masterpiece) ? 🙂 Thanks and I bet, Im not the only one who wants it..

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