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The song “Aura Lee” was made famous by Elvis Presley as “Love Me Tender.” Learning how to play this guitar arrangement of "Aura Lee" will give you a chance to practice playing exclusively on the first two strings, moving up and down the neck. In “Aura Lee” the two notes of the double-stop sometimes move in the same direction and sometimes in opposite directions. Other times, one of the notes moves up or down while the other remains stationary. Mixing directions makes an arrangement more interesting.

Notice that the left-hand fingerings appear under the tab numbers. If the same finger plays successive notes, but at different frets, a slanted line indicates the position shift (as in measures 5, 7, and 9). For your right-hand picking, use all downstrokes. Remember to repeat the first four bars (as the repeat signs around them indicate) before continuing to bar 5. And make the song tender, just as Elvis did.

To play this song on guitar, you need to know how to play double-stops up and down the neck on the 1st and 2nd strings and how to gyrate your pelvis while raising one side of your upper lip.

Aura Lee
Aura Lee

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