Teardrop Guitar Lesson – Massive Attack – Acoustic

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In this Teardrop guitar lesson video, I will show you an easy to play acoustic guitar version of this massively popular hit by Massive Attack.

“Teardrop” was a huge radio hit for Massive Attack when it was released off their 1998 album Mezzanine. It can still be heard today in countless commercials, movies, TV shows and video games.

Most of “Teardrop” is based around a repetitive harpsichord riff with chordal piano accompaniment.

I have arranged those instrumental parts for a solo standard tuned acoustic guitar and it works remarkably well. Throughout most of the song I will show you a repeated arpeggio picked sequence that matches the harpsichord riff, along with bass notes to emulate the piano chords.

This is a great exercise in arpeggiated picking since the sequence is relatively slow and repetitive, giving you ample time to practice the technique.

There are also a few simple major bar chords that I use in the lesson whenever the harpsichord drops out. I chose these bar chord voicings since they sound darker than using open voiced chords. That darker quality more closely emulates the piano from the original recording.

I hope you enjoy learning this acoustic guitar arrangement of one of the most unique songs to come out of the 90’s!

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  1. Hey Carl. Thank You for the tutorial. I don't know if you take any requests, if you do (and if you have the time) could you look at White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade ? Would be really great. And again thanks for all the tutorials you do. I really appreciate it.

  2. shock me by kiss please

  3. https://youtu.be/wWDUMfL2rV8 please help me finding chords for this…. thank you…

  4. Can you do Bakersfield by Social Distortion, I want to play it for my dad. All I know is that you need a caypoe on the first fret.


  6. Hey Carl, could you finish the lesson for "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera. That would be awesome!

  7. Can you please do some lessons from the band warrant please


    Can you do Scentless Apprentice by Nirvana?

  9. House, anyone?

  10. what an awesome lesson but where do i suggest songs or riffs?

  11. Спасибо! Очень красиво!

  12. request for HOME TO MAMA- Cody Simpson.. :D

  13. Samadar Chakraborty

    Please do Purple Rain by Prince….

  14. Plz do of pirates of the Caribbean theme song !!!!! Plzzzz

  15. great sound and a good choice for those who want to play the guitar so excellent like you do! 🙂 Keep up the good work and I'm enjoying your lessons. Greetz from Almere (near Amsterdam)

  16. Thank you, Carl! I have been a Massive Attack fan my whole adult life and it would never have occurred to me to try this beautiful song.

  17. Tarık Ayyıldız

    Thank you for the lesson :)

  18. Could you do Amy by Green Day I can't find a proper tutorial and you make great videos!! +GuitarLessons365

  19. Stricken!! You know you want to

  20. absolutely fantastic…god bless you

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