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Heartbeats was originally written by Swedish electronic duo The Knife in 2002. José González then covered the song in 2003 and completely changed the style to a gentle, more haunting fingerpicking piece. It’s this version that we’re going to learn in this lesson.
Thankfully, most of González’s version of Heartbeats is just one progression repeated. There’s just two sections to the song – the main progression, the riff (if you can call it that) and the bridge.
The riff is used for the intro, the verse and the chorus so this really makes it nice and easy to navigate your way through the structure of the song.
Having said that, it’s actually quite tricky to play. The riff itself is a little awkward and will likely take a bit of work to get under your fingers. Once you do, however, you’ll find that it’s great fun.