As you learn to play Operator, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels) was written by American singer-songerwriter Jim Croce in 1972 and the song went on to peak at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Underneath Jim’s vocals there are two guitars playing in perfect harmony throughout the song. In this lesson we’re going to be learning how to play both parts.
Jim’s guitar part is the more straightforward of the two and consists mainly of relatively simple chords being arpeggiated and fingerpicked. The second guitar (played by Maury Muehleisen) is more of a lead guitar in style and has all sorts of fancy licks going on.
Alright, let’s learn how to play Operator!
Structure: Intro, Verse, Chorus, Interlude (same as intro), Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus, Outro