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Angeles was written by singer-songwriter Elliot Smith in the mid ’90s and appears as track 9 on his 1997 album Either/Or. Although Angeles wasn’t released as a single, it’s still a very well-known song of Smith’s and certainly a favourite among his fingerpicking fans.
This song certainly has its challenges and isn’t for beginners. Likely one of the hardest things you may struggle with is the speed of it, Angeles come in at about 120 bpm and playing sixteenth notes at this tempo is very hard.
There’s also a lot of chords to wrap your head around and many different techniques to deal with. Despite all these obstacles I’m sure you can get it together with consistent and steady practice.
Structure: Intro, verse x2, bridge, verse.