Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Thin Line between 'Love and Hate'

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Thin Line between 'Love and Hate'

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In the mid-2000s the Avett Brothers-two North Carolina siblings and some of their friends-made a name for themselves by incorporating pop and rock into the traditional music of their home state through tight vocal harmonies and string-band instrumentation. But one of the Avetts' signature songs, "The Ballad of Love and Hate," from the band's 2007 album Emotionalism, does away with the ensemble, spotlighting Seth Avett and his guitar in a gentle waltz that's known to bring a hush over the most boisterous audiences.

On the original recording, "The Ballad of Love and Hate" is played in the key of C major, but due to a third-fret capo, it sounds a minor-third higher; in the key of Ö.This gives the music a more delicate feel while suiting Avetfs vocal range.

The song is played with only five chords- make sure you've got these under your fingers before working through the piece. …

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