how to play “Every Breath You Take” by The Police – electric guitar lesson

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An electric guitar lesson on how to play Every Breath You Take on guitar by The Police. Once you know how to play this it’s a lot less intimidating than it appears. Andy Summers is a very precise guitarist. He uses the 9th a lot in this tune which really gives it it’s ethereal feel. It’s also a great exercise for the left hand. I hope you enjoy the lesson and good luck with the tune.

I get a lot of questions about my sound so here’s what I’m using:

My amp is an Egnater Renegade head through a Marshall 1960b cabinet. I use a TC Electronics Nova System through the loop for effects. On almost all songs I just use a digital delay, roughly 400ms, but some stuff I use tap tempo to set the delay. I also use a BB preamp on most lead tones and sometimes (rarely) a Boss CS-3 compressor. The reverb is from the amp. My wah is a Dunlop MC404 CAE Dual Inductor, REALLY great pedal! I also use a Polytune tuner which is fantastic.

My guitar is a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I have Suhr Aldrich pickups on it. I have them coil split, and for this tune I had them running in single coil mode.

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  1. Superb lesson for a superb piece of playing!
    Well done teacher!

  2. Great stuff, appreciate all your work you do for us. Hope I dont get RSI on these stretches, especially the F#m.

  3. Rich in information, sound is awesome, if I play it like that even my feeble wheeze will make the woman cry. Problem is, it sounds so good that I start to cry, and then another guitar goes on the rusted Les Paul pile. Feel free to delete comment. Excellent job, mon.

  4. galmalka malka

    is this the right scale?i think its half tone

  5. Ok, let's try to remember that some of our bones are older than yours…..owwwww

  6. I also loved the lesson and I always love the tips about how to get the right sound. I'd like to add that it's nice to see a comment section without butt holes spewing ignorance and hate. It's nice to see.

  7. good INSTRUCTOR

  8. Love 9th chords.

  9. Great lesson – thanks. Guitar sounds great but you are saying "phase switch" when you mean "coil tap"  – just to clarify for anyone wanting to do the same. (A coil tap removes one coil from a humbucker to give a "single coil" – makes a Les Paul etc  sound "more like" a strat etc.) BTW interesting to think So Lonely is a 1 5 6 4 and is so different!

  10. I do not have that reach,no wonder I can't play it right

  11. Screw the awesome lesson the sustain on this guitar is absolutely incredible. I'm not big on Les Paul's but wow!!!!!

  12. Great once again. Even your "wrong" way sounds ok to me…but not precise enough for how it "should " be played. Excellent, You blow me away with all your tutorials.

  13. Awesome…

  14. Thak You very much

  15. Matt “Marshall” Bruce

    Great lesson! I love your channel! With a bmp of 117 I get a tap tempo of around 525 ms. Cheers!

  16. I heard TC electronics would you mind telling me what compressor
    you are using?

  17. I always liked that the slides were so pronounced and added another textural element to these licks…
    Thanks again! 8)

  18. Wilson Barnette

    Please, are you in standard tuning, or down to Eb, please explain. thanks, Don B.

  19. Good lessons. Try all downstrokes on the opening section :)

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