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If you want to learn to play your favorite summer song from 2011, Foster the People’s, “Pumped Up Kicks,” check out the video!
But did you know that “Pumped Up Kicks” was really a fall song that came our in September 2010? The song is a sleeper hit, because it received airplay on alternative stations to support the initial release, but in mid-2011 the song picked up steam and began seeing noticeable airplay on hit radio stations. That makes this sleeper summer song a crossover hit as well.
The song has reached number 3 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight straight weeks, and according to Wikipedia, the song has been widely used in popular media since its release, including TV series such as Entourage and also in the 2011 films Friends with Benefits and Fright Night.
We at Raw Talent Guitar decided to try something new in our instructional video series this week for this hit song. In this video, Marc Quadagno, our Director of Media Relations and also your Tutorial Tuesday instructor, will play both the lead and rhythm parts. Then, using editing, we’ll lay the video and audio on top of one another so you can hear how the song comes together.
Look for a new instructional song each week. The first two weeks we gave you a two-part series to learn how to play Smells Like Teen Spirit followed by the solo from “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The solo is perfect for beginner guitar players up to advanced, and this week’s Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People has different layered parts to add depth.
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