Band Song 15 - Dakota by Stereophonics

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Here's how to play Dakota by Stereophonics on electric guitar!

The rhythm part (played by Andy) is very easy, just using simple power chords and 8th notes throughout the whole song. If you can do any other song in this series, you CAN play this one too!

The lead parts are also beginner friendly, but those new to playing single notes will need a little more patience than it takes to play the rhythm parts. These are perfect lead lines for beginners to learn, so please do take the time to learn them if you like this song!

This video is party of the Andy Guitar Band Program where after following the tutorial below you can jam along to a full live band with Andy in the video!

This aims to help those who struggle to jam along to full songs and to also help those who have the ambition to play in a band one day. I hope it helps!

Let's get started!

Song breakdown

Rhythm Parts (Played by Andy)

The chords in this song are just the E5, B5, A5 and C sharp power chords, played with 8th notes. The effect I use at the beginning and in the verses is a Flanger FX pedal.

Verse Picking (Played by Thomas)

The picking part that Thomas plays in the verses is very tricky, but it is learnable by intermediate players - it is just fast. Try slowing down the video if needed when playing along!

Lead Parts (Played by Thomas)

This song features ideal lead lines for beginners. All lead lines in this song are simply using the E Major Scale in various positions.

Dakota - Acoustic guitar tutorial

Here's how to play this song on acoustic guitar, which is also how Kelly Jones plays this song

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Andy Guitar Band - Live cover of Dakota

Here's the live cover alone so you can jam along to the live band without having to search through the tutorial video. Use this video to practicing jamming along to full songs - enjoy jamming along!

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Get more help

Need more help than this tutorial provides?

Check out some of Andy's recommended courses below.

>> Power chords and rhythm help - Andy's Improver Course

>> Lead solo help - Andy's Lead Guitar Course

Next Up: Band Song 16 - Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

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