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More Than A Feeling by Boston

    Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

    Composer – Tom Scholz

    Where to find this song – Boston track #1

    Release Date – September 1976

    The Band:

    Tom Schotz – guitar, keyboard, effects, bass, percussion, clavenet

    Brad Delp – vocals

    Fran Sheehan – bass

    Jim Masdea – drums

    Boston’s self-titled debut was one of the best-selling albums of all
    time. Due to the rise of disco and punk, FM rock radio were all but
    dead until Boston. Nearly every song on Boston’s album is still heard
    on classic radio stations due to the amazing duality of vocalist Brad
    Delp and Tom Scholz.

    Chorus Riff

    The chorus riff to “More Than A Feeling” is played with
    just power chords.

    Power chords can be fun and easy to play. You can hear them in all
    types of music, but most people associate them with hard rock styles
    of music.

    Power chords are not really chords. Chords are 3 notes or more, whereas
    power chords only have 2 different notes. A more correct name would
    be “power intervals” because they only contain two different
    notes. Usually power chords are composed of the root, a perfect 5th
    interval, and the root note doubled at a higher pitch (called an octave).
    Basically they are just like playing perfect 5th intervals and doubling
    up a note or two.

    Power chords are easy to play just about anywhere on the neck, but
    lend very little harmonic texture to a song. They do not have a major
    or minor third interval. A chord needs this interval in order to make
    it a major or minor chord.

    If you’re playing a song with a lot of distortion, strumming a full
    chord might create too much dissonance. Plus if you have a fast chord
    change, it’s often easier to use power chords for the really fast part.

    There are two basic power chord patterns in this song:

    6th String Root

    5th String Root

    Here’s what it sounds like looped at the normal tempo of 116 bpm:

    Begin the first and third measures by placing your 1st finger on the
    third fret on the “low E” string. Then, place your 3rd finger
    on the fifth fret on the “A” string. After you have done
    that, place your 4th finger on the fifth fret on the the “D” string.
    Play that twice, and then slide to the eighth fret on the same string
    with your other fingers following in the same pattern.( When playing
    power chords you will always keep two fingers behind the 1st finger
    with a fret in between the 1st finger and the 3rd and 4th fingers).
    Remember, a slide is when you allow your fingers to barely touch the
    strings and slide to the desired note on the fret board. Play that
    about three times, and proceed to the next measure.

    The second and fourth measures have a few mutes, so be sure to include
    them in between desired notes. Begin by placing your 1st finger on
    the seventh fret on the “A” string. Place your 3rd and 4th
    fingers on the ninth frets of both the “D” string and the “G” string.
    Play that once, mute the strings, and then play it two times more.
    Here is where you have to be prepared for the time signature, so listen
    closely. (When muting strings, place your fingers in much the same
    way that you would a slide, but just don’t slide. The feeling is almost
    identical). Once you have played that, move to the fifth fret on the
    same string with your fingers placed accordingly, and play that twice
    to end the measure. Don’t forget to let off the “A” string
    to end it and play the open note once!

    Video Lesson: Play The Solo

    Riff Resources

    Complete Transcription To “More
    Than A Feeling” (PDF)

    Complete Transcription To “More
    Than A Feeling” (Power Tab)