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How to Play It's Been Awhile by Staind (Guitar Lesson)


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Mike Mushok

It's Been Awhile

Learn rock's "most played song of the last decade". Strum the straight forward acoustic part and sing along, tune down and play some sludgy chords, or learn some octave lines. This song is a great example of how simple, catchy guitar parts are layered together for a winning formula!

Taught by Mike Mushok in Staind Songs with Mike Mushok seriesLength: 22:18Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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larsenist82larsenist82 replied on June 30th, 2017

i down loaded guitar pro but the gpx file wont up load is there something I'm missing ? why won't it work?

larsenist82larsenist82 replied on June 30th, 2017

never mind i got it

rrobillardrrobillard replied on October 13th, 2016

Love the song! Would be very helpful as already commented that you describe the picking pattern on the video. Also you need to describe the strum pattern and the numbered pattern, such as 1, ,2,e,& etc. I also see you silence the strings before the D chord. Would be nice if you described what you are doing.

Axe2Axe2 replied on May 30th, 2016

would of been cool to have mike tell u the picking pattern

Zatte9.9Zatte9.9 replied on December 21st, 2014

awesome. thanks.. One of the best songs ever

attack24attack24 replied on October 24th, 2014

Four comments ,one phrase

attack24attack24 replied on October 24th, 2014

Would of been cool,if I can see the video.just audio.

attack24attack24 replied on October 24th, 2014

Would of been cool,if I can see the video.just audio.

attack24attack24 replied on October 24th, 2014

Would of been cool,if I can see the video.just audio.

attack24attack24 replied on October 24th, 2014

Would of been cool,if I can see the video.just audio.

jaybaileyjaybailey replied on July 26th, 2014

I might of asked this before but will mike be teaching anything from Jason newsted's band, I think he I in it

garywstoutgarywstout replied on July 23rd, 2014

Fantastic lesson Mike. You make it look so easy. It'll be awhile before I've get it down, but I'm determined. THANKS!

KennanKennan replied on October 3rd, 2013

PLEASE HELP

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on October 7th, 2013

Electric Part from strings 6-1: Ab Db Ab Db Gb Bb

KennanKennan replied on October 3rd, 2013

i can't figure out how to tune the electric part

devananddevanand replied on January 30th, 2014

same as acoustic, half step down

outshinedoutshined replied on August 5th, 2013

Nice Lesson Mike! Love Staind! Thanks for sharing.

landrocklandrock replied on June 12th, 2013

Does anyone know the strumming pattern for the acoustic parts? (bridge and chorus) Much appreciated. Travis

kammhronkammhron replied on June 4th, 2013

Hello, Anybody out there?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on June 10th, 2013

12s will work for the tunings he uses. No lighter! On Mike's non-baritone guitars, I believe he uses 10s but puts the traditional 6th string as the 5th, the 5th as the 4th, the 4th as the 3rd etc... then uses a high bass string off of a 4 string set (light gauge) as the 6th string. You'll have to mod your nut to do this, but if you plan on doing a lot of low tunings, it might just be worth it!

kammhronkammhron replied on May 30th, 2013

What gauge strings are best for this way dropped tuning? Thanx?

rrobillardrrobillard replied on May 29th, 2013

Acoustic sheet music calls for Asus not an A chord?

jesperlindejesperlinde replied on March 30th, 2013

the tuning in the tabs electric part dosnt fit with what youre actually saying in scene5 .. ?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on April 1st, 2013

The tuning legend simply reads ADADGB—tune down ½ step giving the reader the resulting G#C#G#C#F#A# as Mike explains.

richvillalobosrichvillalobos replied on April 3rd, 2018

The 1/2 step down does not give off the same same as Mike. Plus A# busted my string!

jesperlindejesperlinde replied on March 29th, 2013

great lesson, great song.. timeless

Staind Songs with Mike Mushok

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Learn how Staind's lead guitarist Mike Mushok plays some of the bands most popular songs.



Lesson 1

Mudshovel

Tune down and tackle one of Staind's biggest hits taught by the band's own lead guitarist, Mike Mushok. Learn some fun facts about the song and the simple, monstrous riffs that make this song rock!

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

It's Been Awhile

Learn rock's "most played song of the last decade". Strum the straight forward acoustic part and sing along, tune down and play some sludgy chords, or learn some octave lines. This song is a great example...

Length: 22:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Outside

From a simple acoustic guitar song to a full band mega hit, "Outside," off of Staind's second LP "Break The Cycle," shows how keeping a song simple and tasteful proves to be a winning formula. Learn both...

Length: 21:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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For You

This popular Staind song is perfect for intermediate guitarists and songwriters alike. You don't even need to know how to play any chords! Learn all the parts and get advice from the pro himself on writing...

Length: 12:52 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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Right Here

Learn a great picking part, catchy chorus lines, and a great example of how to layer different textures and parts to create a monster sound. Check out another rockin' Staind song taught by Mike just for...

Length: 20:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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So Far Away

Learn one of the most successful singles off of Staind's 3rd major label release. Get some inside dirt on how record labels work and be sure to pick up on the songwriting and arranging techniques Mike...

Length: 19:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Not Again

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Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Eyes Wide Open

The 2nd single off of their most recent album, "Eyes Wide Open" offers a challenging and fun guitar solo as well as some great riffs. Also, learn songwriting and alternate tuning tips that will spice...

Length: 26:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

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