Livin’ Thing Guitar Lesson – Electric Light Orchestra

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In this Livin’ Thing guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all of the chords for this much loved classic by Electric Light Orchestra.

Written by the great Jeff Lynne and released in 1976, “Livin’ Thing” became a hit single for ELO. “Livin’ Thing” is a propelled by driving acoustic guitar rhythms and great vocal melodies.

There are some really nice chord progressions in this one as well, and for most of them you can choose a couple of different ways to play them.

Jeff Lynne typically fingers his bar chords the way Jimi Hendrix did, with his thumb playing the notes that occur on the low E string. That is sometimes a bit uncomfortable for some players, so I will demonstrate the more conventional way of playing those chords in addition to the way Jeff Lynne actually plays them so you can decide what you like the best. Either way, it sounds the same.

I will go through each section of the song in the order that they appear.

This is such a catchy and fun song to play and I hope you enjoy learning it!

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  1. Technical Difficulties by Paul Gilbert please!

  2. Carl can you do Yesterday by Guns? Plz

  3. Am I savage by Metallica, get in the ring by guns and roses and iris of the storm by slash please

  4. Hi Carl, great lesson as always! Would it e possible to do more Avenged Sevenfold stuff like The Stage or Afterlife? Thanks 🙂

  5. Thanks Carl!! Grew up with ELO. They were big before you were born….lol!! Have a great weekend!!

  6. HaoHaoDeCarabao :D


  7. Good tutorial and like this song but who the heck can sing the chorus?

  8. Can you please do a lesson of Dystopia by Megadeth

  9. Can you do fall to pieces by velvet revolver please?(like if you agree)

  10. Carl could you do turn the page by Metallica!! m/

  11. Carl, we need more ELO songs please please please!

  12. александр иванов


  13. Hey carl do you mind make a solo lesson for the struggle within? love ya

  14. Can you do a video on how to play afterlife by avenged sevenfold

  15. Can u so Through the Fire and the Flame / Hotel California please?

  16. Hey Carl, what happened to that old Great Divide guitar of yours?

  17. You do evrething I wgant to learn tnx so much you are best

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