How to Play Refugee On Guitar - Mike Campbell Guitar Licks Lesson
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How to Play Refugee On Guitar - Mike Campbell Guitar Licks Lesson -
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been making great records since the 70s, but no album is bigger or more iconic than their brilliant release Damn the Torpedoes. Mike Campbell has played guitar with Tom Petty from the beginning and has been only one of two constant members since then. Mike Campbell’s guitar sound is a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers staple. Nowhere does that sound shine through than on this key track from the Damn the Torpedoes album. In this killer Guitar Control video you’re going to learn how to play Refugee on guitar.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs are catchy southern rock based classic with strong hooks, strong melodies, and guitar parts that are never overstated. The Mike Campbell style of guitar playing is to stay in the groove of what the song needs. Mike Campbell is not a flashy player. Solid guitar chords, melodic licks, and solos built around melodic phrases are the key. Learning how to play Refugee on guitar isn’t difficult. It’s a great rhythm guitar riff with a cool opening lick that is recognizable as soon as you hear it. The Refugee chords are basic and start this song off. The guitar tone is clean and iconic to the record. Listen to what Jon plays. You can hear how he plays with a loose groove and lets the notes of the full chord just sort of ring as he moves on to the next part of the riff. That’s the key to playing this song and making it sound like the Mike Campbell guitar riff sound you hear in so many Tom Petty songs.
After the rhythm guitar riff comes the cool lick that leads into the vocal part of the song. This is a simple guitar lick that typifies Mike Campbell lead guitar work. His licks are eloquently phrased and build around the harmonic structure of the song, almost as singable as the vocal lines themselves. This lick is an easy to play lick that ues some basic lead guitar techniques and finishes off the opening Refugee chord progression nicely. Learn how to play Refugee on guitar and follow along with the Tom Petty Refugee guitar tabs to make it even easier. This is a cool song to play. It’s an easy Tom Petty riff to one of Tom Petty’s most popular songs, Refugee, from Damn the Torpedoes. Enjoy it.