How to Play Iris by Goo Goo Dolls (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Lincoln

Iris

Mark Lincoln brings this famous Goo Goo Dolls classic to your fingertips. Weather you are just learning another song or wanting to serenade you significant other, this is one to pick up and play to. Mark breaks this song down in many steps and allows for numerous play along sessions. With this songs odd tuning, you will also learn in an alternate tuning to help broaden your horizons to playing guitar.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Songs with Mark seriesLength: 37:52Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

Playing in open tunings can be a great way to step away from the everyday mundane world of guitar. The song Iris is certainly no exception to this rule as it's played in an extraordinary tuning that I've never seen used before. So before we begin on this amazing song, please tune your guitar to the following tuning:

High E string tune down to D
B string tune up to D
G string tune down to D
D string stays as D
A string down to D
Low E string down to B

When making big changes in string tuning the strings undergo a lot of tension change so you'll likely need to tune your guitar more than once after you've shifted to this tuning. It's always a good idea to strum the strings for a while to acclimate them to the new tuning so play around with the strings a bit before fine tuning it.

Most of the chords in Iris are one and two finger chords (which is common in songs with open tunings) so I'll show you the bulk of this song in tab form. But first, let's talk a little about singing. As most of you have grown tired of hearing me talk to you about vocal warm-ups, we won't get into that here. I would suggest to you in earnest that you warm your voice properly and thoroughly before trying to sing Iris. The vocals are in the upper registers and are challenging to say the least. So please take the proper measures in order that you may sing the song effectively and beautifully and don't hurt your voice in doing so. If you're not familiar with my Voice and Performance Series (located in Phase 2 on the Jam play site) please review it at this time for a full synopsis of proper warm-up procedures.

The Boom
This is another topic that many of you have heard me discuss but I want to go over it again since it's especially integral to singing this song properly. The boom simply means hitting the notes as loudly and passionately as a given portion of the song warrants and demands. In Iris, the Boom occurs during each chorus and is sung:

"And I don't want the world to see me
'cause I don't think that they'd understand
when everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am."

From a breathing perspective, gathering the momentum and breath necessary to Boom effectively takes a bit of planning. If you've ever watched a baby right before he or she let's loose on a scream, or wail, or cry for its mother you might have noticed how the child fills its lungs up to prepare for the lamentation. This same type of preparation is also necessary to boom effectively in a song like this. Subsequently, there is an element of planning when it comes to hitting those ever-evasive high notes and usually one wants to begin to fill one's lungs in the last seconds of the line preceding the boom. I'll be mentioning the boom again once we get into the heart of Iris.

Chording
When forming chords using an open tuning you will usually be forming them with one or two fingers (perfect for those of you who have become accustomed to playing power chords) which simplifies matters certainly. But keep in mind that the chords are often quite different from those you may have grown comfortable with using standard tunings. So please review each chord thoroughly and try to keep in mind ways to transition quickly and easily from one to the next without moving the entire position of your hands drastically.

Verse Riff

The verse chords are simply
 D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---|
 D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-|
 D|-------------------------------0--------|
 D|----------------------------------------|
 B|-3----------5--------8------------------|

 D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---|
 D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-|
 D|----------------------------------0--------|
 D|-------------------------------------------|
 B|--0----------10----------8-----------------|
These chords are easily played simply by using your first finger (or middle, or ring or whatever is comfortable for you) and strumming softly. The verses in this song are very relaxed and have a slow and laid-back feel.

Exercise 1
Please play the verse chords along with me to get comfortable with the feel of this portion of the song. Try to keep in time with me while familiarizing yourself with the chords.

Chorus Chords
The chorus chords are even simpler than the verse chords and look like this:
 D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--|
 D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--|
 D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--|
 D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--|
 D|-x-----x---x---x---x-----x---x---x---x-----x--x--x--x----x--x--|
 B|-12----12--12--12--12----10--10--10--10----8--8--8--8----8--8--|
Notice how the second lowest string (what's usually the A-string) is muted on these chords. I believe this is the intention of the composer to add a little bit of a percussive element to the chorus. Other than that, it's simply talking one D-note out of the chord so it's really not crucial to mute it.

Exercise 2
Please play the chorus chords along with me to get accustomed to the feel of this section of the song. You can slant your finger (whichever one you've chosen for this part) slightly in order to mute the string above it if you choose to do so.

Interlude 1
This is the first of two riffs which the Goo Goo Dolls have incorporated into Iris. This one is played after the first chorus and before the third verse. The chords look like this:
 D|--0----0---0---0---0---0-----0---0------0-0---|
 D|--0----0---0---0---0---0-----0---0------0-0---|
 D|--0----0---0---0---0---0-----0---0------0-0---|
 D|--12---12--12--12--12--11---11--11-----11/12--|
 D|--9----9---9---9---9---9-----9---9-----9--9---|
 B|----------------------------------------------|

 D|-0--0--0--0---0--0----0--0--0--0-|
 D|-4--4--4--2---2--2----0--0--0--0-|
 D|-5--5--5--4---4--4----0--0--0--0-|
 D|-5--5--5--5---5--5----4--4--0--0-|
 D|---------------------------------|
 B|---------------------------------|
This riff is played twice but the second time you skip the F# note (which is the last 4 on the tab above) and go directly to the first chord in the verse chords. I'll show you how it's done.

Exercise 3
Please play Interlude 1 along with me paying attention to how I transition back in to the verse chords. Get a good handle on the changes in this section, their likely the most difficult ones in the song.

Interlude 2
This riff occurs after the second chorus and looks like this:
 D|--------0-----0-----0-----0----------0-----0---0----0-|
 D|-----------0-----------0----------------0---------0---|
 D|------------------------------------------------------|
 D|------------------------------------------------------|
 D|------------------------------------------------------|
 B|---12-------------14-------------15-------------------|

 D|--------0-----0-----0-----0---------0-----0-------------|
 D|-----------0-----------0---------------0----------------|
 D|--------------------------------------------0------0----|
 D|------------------------------------------------0-----0-|
 D|--------------------------------------------------------|
 B|---12-------------10-------------8----------------------|
Again these are simply one-finger chords but you'll need to play them in time with what I'm doing so let's practice it shall we?

Exercise 4
Play Interlude 2 chords with me and get a feel for the time through this section. These chords are simple but the timing is probably more important than anything here.

Except for the lead section (which is fairly tricky) that's it for the various parts that come together to make Iris. Let's take a look at the song itself and see what you think..
Intro X2
 D|--0----0---0---0---0---0-----0---0-------0---0--0-|
 D|--0----0---0---0---0---0-----0---0-------0---0--0-|
 D|--0----0---0---0---0---0-----0---0-------0---0--0-|
 D|--12--12--12-12--12--11---11--11--------11/12-0-0-|
 D|--9----9---9---9---9---9-----9---9------9--9------|
 B|--------------------------------------------------|

 D|-0--0--0--0---0--0----0--0--0--0-|
 D|-0--0--0--0---0--0----0--0--0--0-|
 D|-0--0--0--0---0--0----0--0--0--0-|
 D|-5--5--5--4---4--4----4--4--0--0-|
 D|-5--5--5--5---5--5----5--5--0--0-|
 B|---------------------------------|

V. 1. 
 D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---|
 D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-|
 D|-------------------------------0--------|
 D|----------------------------------------|
 B|-3----------5--------8------------------|
And I'd give up forever to touch you

 D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---|
 D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-|
 D|----------------------------------0--------|
 D|-------------------------------------------|
 B|--0----------10----------8-----------------|
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow

 D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---|
 D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-|
 D|-------------------------------0--------|
 D|----------------------------------------|
 B|-3----------5--------8------------------|
you're the closest to heaven that I've ever been

 D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---|
 D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-|
 D|----------------------------------0--------|
 D|-------------------------------------------|
 B|--0----------10----------8-----------------|
and I don't want to go home right now

V.2
 D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---|
 D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-|
 D|-------------------------------0--------|
 D|----------------------------------------|
 B|-3----------5--------8------------------|
and all I can taste is this moment

 D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---|
 D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-|
 D|----------------------------------0--------|
 D|-------------------------------------------|
 B|--0----------10----------8-----------------|
and all I can breath is your life

 D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----|
 D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---|
 D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-|
 D|-------------------------------0--------|
 D|----------------------------------------|
 B|-3----------5--------8------------------|
'cause sooner or later it's over

D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----| D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---| D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-| D|----------------------------------0--------| D|-------------------------------------------| B|--0----------10----------8-----------------| I just don't wanna miss you tonight and I... Chorus D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0---| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-x-----x---x---x---x-----x---x---x---x-----x--x--x--x----x--x--| B|-12----12--12--12--12----10--10--10--10----8--8--8--8----8--8--| don't want the world to see me 'cause I D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0---| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-x-----x---x---x---x-----x---x---x---x-----x--x--x--x----x--x--| B|-12----12--12--12--12----10--10--10--10----8--8--8--8----8--8--| don't think that they'd under- stand when D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0---| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-x-----x---x---x---x-----x---x---x---x-----x--x--x--x----x--x--| B|-12----12--12--12--12----10--10--10--10----8--8--8--8----8--8--| everything's meant to be broken I just D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0---| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-0-----0---0---0---0-----0---0---0---0-----0--0--0--0----0--0--| D|-x-----x---x---x---x-----x---x---x---x-----x--x--x--x----x--x--| B|-12----12--12--12--12----10--10--10--10----8--8--8--8----8--8--| want you to know who I am Interlude 1 (X 2) V. 3 D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----| D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---| D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-| D|-------------------------------0--------| D|----------------------------------------| B|-3----------5--------8------------------| and you can't hide the tears that ain't comin' D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----| D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---| D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-| D|----------------------------------0--------| D|-------------------------------------------| B|--0----------10----------8-----------------| or the moment of truth in your lies D|-----0--------0--------0----------0-----| D|-------0--------0--------0----------0---| D|---------0--------0--------0----------0-| D|-------------------------------0--------| D|----------------------------------------| B|-3----------5--------8------------------| when everything feels like the movies D|-----0---------0----------0----------0-----| D|-------0---------0----------0----------0---| D|---------0---------0----------0----------0-| D|----------------------------------0--------| D|-------------------------------------------| B|--0----------10----------8-----------------| Yeah you bleed just to know you're alive Chorus Interlude 2 Solo (The first tab gets played X4) D|-0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0-----0--0---0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-| D|-0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0-----0--0---0---0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-| D|-0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0-----0--0---0---0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-| D|-0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0-----0--0---0---0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-| D|-x--x--x--x-----x--x--x--x-----x--x---x---x-x-x-x--x-x-x-x-| B|-12-12-12-12----14-14-14-14----14-15--8---8-8-8-8--8-8-8-8-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| B|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--| B|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| B|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--| B|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| D|-0--0---0---0---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0---0---0---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0---0---0---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0---0---0---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-x--x---x---x---x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--| B|-12-12--14--14--15-17-17-17-15-15-14-14-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| D|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| B|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--| D|-x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--| B|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| (let ring) (quietly) D|----0-----------0-----------0--------| D|-------0-----------0-----------0-----| D|----------0-----------0-----------0--| D|-------------------------------------| D|-------------------------------------| B|-----0---------2----------3----------| D|----0-----------0-----------0---------| D|-------0-----------0-----------0------| D|----------0-----------0-----------0---| D|--------------------------------------| D|---9----------------------------------| B|--------------10----------8-----------| Chorus (X2) I just want you to know who I am I just want you to know who I am I just want you to know who I am I just want you to know who I Outro D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--x-----x--x--x--x--x-----x--x--x--x--x-----x--x--x--x--x--| B|--0-----0--0-12-12-14----14-14-14-14-15-----15-15-15-15-15-| am............................ D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--0--0--| D|--x-----x--x--x--x--x-----x--x--x--x--x-----x--x--x--x--x--| B|--12----12-12-12-12-10----10-10-10-10-8-----8--8--8--8--8--| fade

Well there it is my friends, the masterpiece known as Iris. First things first, please take note of the fact that the last word in the last chorus which is "am" falls on the first chord of the outro. I'll show you how this works when I play it but I wanted you to take note of this anomaly in the song as it's written in the tablature.

Exercise 5
Play the entire song along with me without the lyrics. There are a lot of subtle changes in this song and it's important that you take your time with the mechanics of the song before you jump in and try to sing it at the same time.

Exercise 6
Go for it! This is one of the most challenging songs that I've ever learned to sing and play and I know you all can do it as well. Take your time and don't forget to breathe! Good Luck:)

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brady levasseurbrady levasseur replied on November 19th, 2013

You're an awesome teacher man! I got the hang of the song really quick. I think all the teachers on here would do a play along segment between videos...

lakuchmak17lakuchmak17 replied on July 19th, 2013

having trouble with the strumming pattern for the first riff. Any suggestions?

graylinegrayline replied on August 24th, 2012

thank you so much! been trying to learn this song for a while... do you have a preferred gauge of strings? like light, extra light, medium?

jianyichenjianyichen replied on July 26th, 2012

Awesome Video, Just a quick question about the strumming for the part after interlude #2, since it's longer than it usually goes, do you just repeat the previous pattern bass down up down over and over?

azziazzi replied on July 7th, 2012

Hi, where is scene 2? Where can i find a list of "scene by scene" links?

cjefferson135cjefferson135 replied on March 18th, 2012

im having trouble with the strumming throught the whole video, any suggestions?

kalabajabakalabajaba replied on April 17th, 2012

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kalabajabakalabajaba replied on April 17th, 2012

its the same thing through the video, pretty much just strum all the strings.

cjefferson135cjefferson135 replied on March 18th, 2012

im having troubles with the strumming throughout the song. Any suggestions?

taylorsa3taylorsa3 replied on December 30th, 2011

sounds awsome! was playing this song with some tabs off the internet just didnt sound right. really glad to actually know how to play it now

josh westwoodjosh westwood replied on November 30th, 2012

Very true! I got some tabs off Ultimate Guitar rated as 5 star by about 300 people. They're nowhere near!

fred_damasfred_damas replied on December 23rd, 2011

Really good song for a lesson! thanks

pyrodancer93pyrodancer93 replied on December 17th, 2011

Am i the only one who cant view Scene 6: The Chorus Riff? It says the video is not availible

pyrodancer93pyrodancer93 replied on December 17th, 2011

nevermind i fixed it

paduzapaduza replied on November 22nd, 2011

Hey Mark. New user. Thank you I have always been frustrated trying to learn this song on my own. One of my favs. Crazy tuning but cool.

stewartleestewartlee replied on September 28th, 2011

couldnt finish the video.. the first 4 videos you didnt even teach anything.. you just repeated what was said in the description.. the intro video talked about the tuning.. you would think that the intro video would contain the intro.

gregster1gregster1 replied on September 7th, 2011

Thanks Mark! Beautiful song yes it is! Even brings a tear! Thanks again.

niminnimin replied on September 1st, 2011

Hey, well first off really enjoying the lesson. I'm learning this for a friend who needs some back up proposing to his lady. However I seem to be having some problems reconciling this version with the acoustic performed acoustically by the Goo Goo Dolls. Here's a link to what I'm talking about. Any advice? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kuSq1jgyD0

samelasamela replied on July 13th, 2011

Well, I snapped a string.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on July 18th, 2011

Hey Sam...yes, this tuning is challenging to say the least so definitely take your time with it and you'll get there. Peace, Mark

samelasamela replied on July 13th, 2011

I don't have any extras, so I'm gonna have to go out and get some. Really confused as to how this tuning is going to go for me, tho. tried to loosen the second string, it didn't get there, hence the snapped string. Kinda frustrating.

kufungsterkufungster replied on June 14th, 2011

And another, 6th string hit your flat 5 TIMES and tune 6E. Man, just describing this tuning is difficult

kufungsterkufungster replied on June 14th, 2011

Sorry, 1 mistake in my tip - Tighten 2nd string (going up from B to D)

kufungsterkufungster replied on June 14th, 2011

Tip for anyone having the trouble getting the tuning - if you have a korg tuner as most guitarists do: 4th string - obviously don't need to touch this 1st, 2nd, 3rd strings - just loosen these as much as needed and tune them to 4D 5th string - hit your flat sign twice, and then tune to a 6E 6th string - same as fifth, flat sign twice and tune to 6E

jeremiah78jeremiah78 replied on October 29th, 2010

Great lesson Mark I have 2 electric guitars did'nt now what song two use for the other one but now I no. I love it it puts you into a trance when you'r playing it. Love it.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on November 3rd, 2010

Awesome Jeremiah! I'm a big fan of the Goo Goo Dolls too so I'm glad you're getting inot this! Mark

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 30th, 2010

Hey Jeremiah, let me know how it comes out using electric rather than acoustic guitars. I'd love to hear you play it! Good luck! Mark

jeremiah78jeremiah78 replied on November 1st, 2010

Hey mark it sounds realy good. it sounds like you have a chorus pedal hooked up to you're amp.

blhawkblhawk replied on October 14th, 2010

Mark thanks for the lesson! I am a begginer and it was great having such a nice song made so easy to pick up. Can't wait to learn more!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 17th, 2010

Hey BL I'm really glad you're enjoying this song! Happy jamming my friend! Mark

washburnea36washburnea36 replied on October 15th, 2010

Hey Mark, I can't get my low E string to register as B on my tuner, could you put up a short video with you hitting the Low E string in B please. thanks

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on October 17th, 2010

ummmm I have to go through channels in the head office to make videos Wash, I can't just go and make one on my own, unfortunately...we might be able to address this issue though in one of my chats so remind me next time you seeme ok? Mark

chrisverchrisver replied on August 13th, 2010

I'm having problems with the interlude #1 and the intro. Any pointer?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 19th, 2010

Hey Chris how nare you? If you're having trouble with any particular parts of the song, try tofind similarities between the chordsthat you're using on those parts. In other words, play the chords in the interlude (for example) and look for ways that your chording hand can make shortcuts between the chords in that section. Finding easy ways to make those changes can help to speed youup and keep the song flowing along. Good luck! Mark

b40wnb40wn replied on May 3rd, 2010

ok quick question whats the strumming pattern for this song...?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on May 3rd, 2010

Hey Andrea how are you? The basic strum pattern for Iris is down down up down but since there's a lot of little parts that get a different sort of feel you really need to watch how I do it in the video. If you get a chance, come into my live chats and I might be able to help you a little more as well. See ya, Mark

kirkmgkirkmg replied on May 2nd, 2010

i am having a bit of trouble with the sound i am making on my low E string and even though my tuner says that it's tuned right on the open D when i push on the frets it doesn't sound in tune. is there something i can do to help this?

jboothjbooth replied on May 2nd, 2010

You may need to have the intonation setup on your guitar. most guitars come with instructions on how to do this, or you could take your guitar to a qualified luthier and have them setup the entire thing, which would include intonation.

alanrussellalanrussell replied on April 29th, 2010

Having a tough time getting the tuning right on the Low E and A strings. Not real good by ear. I use a tuner. Any suggestions on how I can use the tuner to tune the E to a B and the A down to D?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on April 30th, 2010

Hi Allen, yes this is tough tuning to get to there's no doubt about that. You basically need to just keep tuning and fine tuning the guitar until you get it, I don't know what else to tell you! There is one other way to go about it and that is to put different strings in each of the positions,so if you're tuning down to D you can just restring the guitar with a D string in that position. Does that make sense?

alexmarblekingalexmarbleking replied on April 2nd, 2010

mark it would be cool if you could post the lyrics and lyric notation too!

jmsnedjmsned replied on March 10th, 2010

Thanks Mark you are the best. DO you remember me mentioning this song

ritecritec replied on March 7th, 2010

great lesson. any chance of some additional song lessons for Goo Goo Dolls, Name or Naked would be great

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 7th, 2010

Hey Ritec how are you? Actually I just got done posting a reply to a question similar to this in the forums, check it out! Mark

jaysonjohnjaysonjohn replied on March 4th, 2010

Hey Mark, that 1st Interlude is really stretching my reach, I feel like a lead guitar player ! Thanks again for a great lesson. I need my wife to sing the chorus at the moment, I can't reach that High

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 4th, 2010

Hey Jason thanks for the effort man and good luck with your duet on this one! Mark

ruribarreruribarre replied on February 28th, 2010

Hey mark, Just a note when you play the complete song there is a portion or a small section you did not put in the tabs. Right before you go to the section where you do it silent 0,2,3. The section before that you do a walk down in the demo that goes to 3 but it's not in the tabs. Thanks Ralph

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on March 1st, 2010

Hey Ralph, I'm hoping that the supplemental content that has yet to be posted will clarify that, I had a feeling a would get a question or two about that!

ruribarreruribarre replied on March 1st, 2010

They added it in the supplemental. Awesome. Thanks

ruribarreruribarre replied on February 28th, 2010

I think you did a 10,8,7,5,3

mritalian55mritalian55 replied on February 26th, 2010

Nice lesson and performance. Sorry though when I go to the supplemental information for this song there is nothing there.

ruribarreruribarre replied on February 28th, 2010

Scroll down on the info about lesson tab.

kay burnskay burns replied on February 27th, 2010

really nice lesson mark... thanks mate

jboothjbooth replied on February 26th, 2010

Look at "info about this lesson," the entire printable writeup can be found there. Matt is also gonna do the regular supplemental content for continuities sake but everything is in the info section.

harley1harley1 replied on February 28th, 2010

wont let me watch the video lesson

stratmusicstratmusic replied on February 26th, 2010

Okay Mr. Lincoln...you didn't put a disclaimer at the VERY beginning of the video about tuning and I snapped a string and now I am ANGRY!!! Ha ha ha...you said you don't like angry males but you didn't say you don't like angry females! Okay, now I am being serious...my strings are all intact and the lesson is AWESOME! Thanks for doing this song!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 26th, 2010

Hi Jill Jill! I hope you're not angry 'cause that scares me, seriously! Great to hear from you Georgia and I hope you get this one down good! See ya soon, Marky Mark

jaysonjohnjaysonjohn replied on February 26th, 2010

Super lesson Mark, I've been looking forward to this. It took me a while to tune the guitar and I thought I was going to lose a B string for a minute, but it's full speed ahead now. Many thanks to all involved

davetehslavedavetehslave replied on February 26th, 2010

Now THIS is how great instructional videos should be filmed, edited, embellished and performed. Incredible job, all. And, Mark, this was such an awesome lesson series. You blew me away with this one. And thank GOD someone did this right. Congrats on that! Can't wait to try it out when everyone isn't sleeping.

bdahyrtbdahyrt replied on February 26th, 2010

OUT FRIGGIN STANDING MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bibobibo replied on February 25th, 2010

very intense interpretation. I love it!

snowdadsnowdad replied on February 25th, 2010

Great job Mark! I was learning to play this about a year ago. I had a dedicated guitar tuned for this song like you mentioned. That's definitely the way to go, if you can.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 25th, 2010

Hey Snow, yes you almost need a separate guitar for such a strange tuning right? Good to hear from you! Mark

w0rshipjam4christw0rshipjam4christ replied on February 25th, 2010

Good Job Mark , I was learning how to play this song a few weeks ago.Your video was much better then the one I was learning from ..............

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 25th, 2010

Thanx Greg good to hear from! Mark

Mr.BlakeMr.Blake replied on February 24th, 2010

Nice this was my brothers Wedding song il have to learn this.

zuckuss00zuckuss00 replied on February 24th, 2010

WOW!

ruribarreruribarre replied on February 24th, 2010

Great job guys. I like this song. I learned a simple version that was not accurate but it gave some good sounding chord progressions. This looks to be the way the Goo Goo Dolls play it. Lov it .

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on February 24th, 2010

Graphics, animations, filming...wow, this came out amazing guys, nice job!

jboothjbooth replied on February 24th, 2010

Looks great Ty! Good lesson Mark!

jboothjbooth replied on February 24th, 2010

Also whoever filmed this is AMAZING!

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied on February 24th, 2010

Thanks for the Compliment viter! Thats always getting overlooked!

viterviter replied on February 24th, 2010

Love the graphics / animated stuff you have on the videos! :D And great video as always

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