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Artist website: www.u2.com
What makes this video great and what can you learn from it?
- getting the info straight from The Edge himself
- simple stuff simply works
What can you learn from the article?
- chord progression used at the end of With Or Without You
- sometimes the best is to keep guitar parts simple
- some impressive U2 career stats
Takeaway: Often guitarists have a tendency to add layer upon layer of parts or to fill all available space with lick after lick. However, most of the time this just gets in the way of the music and distracts the listener from what the song is all about. Don't neglect the simple things because they can have the biggest impact.
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At the end of "With Or Without You" - would you have played that same easy chord figure D - Dsus2 - D - Dsus4?
That cliche that has been played millions of times already? That's so easy and beginner-like?
D - Dsus2 - D - Dsus4
Well, me neither. 🙂
It would have been quite normal to launch into a solo instead to fill some musical space for that fade-out.
But The Edge has a gift for coming up with the right part for the song - which most often is quite minimalist and sparse. And he goes for atmosphere instead of flash. Looks like a winning formula to me considering U2's impressive band stats.
A List of Superlatives
U2 is one of the most successful Rock/Pop bands. They've been together as a band since 1976 - quite an achievement in itself and were able to sustain their career. Going strong for more than 35+ years and selling more than an incredible 150 million records.
Winning 22 Grammy awards...
Also, featuring the biggest concert stage structure ever and grossing $736,137,344 with a total attendance of 7,268,430 on their 360° tour.
Not too shabby.
The Lesson To Be Learned From With or Without You?
- Guitar parts don't have to be complicated - it's more important that they work for the song.
- Don't feel goofy when playing the simple stuff - sometimes it takes more guts to play the right thing for the song than sticking in some "cool" licks just to impress the audience.
Like The Edge said at the very end of this video clip: