Difficulty: Level IIILevel IIILevel III
Length: 17:08
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With our guitar tutorial on Behind Blue Eyes, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • Arpeggios
  • Chords
  • String skipping
  • Strumming patterns

The Limp Bizkit version of Behind Blue Eyes is a wonderful acoustic song, and it’ll do heaps in improving your alternate plucking skills, string skipping, as well as strumming and forming chords. In today’s lesson, we’ll be learning how to play the entire song, so you’ll be able to play along with the original if you. I highly recommend this!

We’ll start the tutorial by learning the chorus chords. The chord progression is very characteristic of the song since you’ll be playing different qualities of certain chords, which is always nice. The chord changes will be pretty simple using the shared finger chord changes I’ll be showing you in the lesson.

Next, we’ll learn the chorus to Behind Blue Eyes. We’ll be using 2 distinct strumming patterns here, where the first strumming pattern will apply to chords that last for 1 bar, and the second strumming pattern to chords that last for 2 bars. We’ll be practicing these patterns in detail during this section of the lesson.

We’ll also learn a harder strumming technique, where you’ll strum really fast. I’ll show you exactly how to do it, the trick is keeping your strum tight on the strings, not letting your strumming arm move in a wider arc, as it normally would.

You’ll see that this song is not complicated at all, you just need to practice a few techniques and chords, and you’ll be playing it in no time at all.

Behind Blue Eyes song details

Behind Blue Eyes was released in 2003 by Limp Bizkit on their album Results May Vary. It is actually a cover of a The Who song, which was originally released more than 30 years before, in 1971. Have a look at The Who version, see which one you like better.

The music video of the song features Halle Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress.

Behind Blue Eyes charts and rankings

The song never reached the top of the charts, but it did well all across the world. Here is a sample of its performance internationally:

  • Austria: #3
  • Denmark: #2
  • Germany: #2
  • New Zealand: #5
  • Spain: #1
  • Sweden: #1
  • US Billboard Hot 100: #71
  • US Mainstream Rock Track: #11

If you want to refine the skills you learned in Behind Blue Eyes, check out these lessons on songs by clicking these links:
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