“Lightning Crashes” by Live

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Difficulty: Easy

Composer – Live

Where to find this song – Throwing Copper track # 5

Release Date – April 1994

Live rose to chart success on the strength of its overtly spiritual songwriting. This endeavor earned the group frequent comparisons to the popular band U2. Live first formed in the early ’80s in their hometown of York, Pennsylvania, when future members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahleimer, and Chad Gracy began playing together under the name “First Aid” while attending middle school. They then decided to recruit singer Ed Kowalczyk to fill the only remaining slot in the band. “Throwing Copper” still sells over 1.4 million copies each year on average, and this album was also considered to be their best to date.

Main Riff

This riff will be quite easy to play. What you will want to do is
begin with your 1st finger on the first frets of all strings. You will
do this by barring the frets. Next, place your 3rd finger on the third
fret on the “A” string. Do the same with your 4th finger
on the “D” string. Last, simply use your 2nd finger to play
the second fret on the “G” string. Play that three times
for the first measure. Notice the “x” on the strings after
you play the chord? Remember that this means you will need to mute
the strings by lightly lifting your fingers off the strings being played,
creating a muffled effect. The chord you just played was an Fadd9.

For the second measure, you will be playing a Csus2 chord. Do this
by barring your 1st finger on the third frets of all strings from the “A” string
to the “high E” string. Then, use your 3rd and 4th fingers
to play the fifth frets on the “D” string and the “G” string
in the same fashion that you did in the first measure. Here, if you
look at the tablature, you will be playing the same chord for the entire
measure, but just remember to include the mutes and then the open note
at the end on the “A” string for accuracy.

For the third and fourth measure, you will be playing a standard G
chord, but in a different way than the traditional G chord. Do this
by barring your 1st finger on the third frets of all the strings. Place
your 3rd finger on the fifth fret on the “A” string. Place
your 4th finger on the fifth fret on the “D” string. Last,
use your 2nd finger to play the fourth fret on the “G” string.
Play that a few times, remembering to mute and to play the last note
open on the “low E” string.

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Lightning
Crashes ” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Lightning
Crashes ” (Power Tab)