How to Play Amie by Pure Prairie League on Acoustic Guitar
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Here is a video tutorial on how to play Pure Prairie League's great hit song, Amie. The lesson is brought to you by U.P. North Guitar. You can subscribe to their YouTube channel here, and find many other songs.


The video covers the acoustic guitar part for the intro, which as demonstrated in the video, is an A5 chord played on the 7th fret. I'll show an alternative chord below, as well. How to play the solo part of the intro is not covered, although it is referenced.

Here are the chords used in each part of the song.

Intro Chord

The G chord used in the video is a G major chord modified by adding a high D, thus removing the open B. You do this by fretting the B string on the 3rd fret. This does brighten up the chord and it is used often. It is called a G5 in the video. A G5 chord is a G chord in which only the G, the root note, and it's fifth are played, thus the chord consists of all G's and D's. I've shown the voicing used in the video plus a G5 below. Either is a nice voicing for this song and they can both be used.

A5
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Or
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A5
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Or
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Verse Chords

A major
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G major
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Or G5 major
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D major
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A major
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G major
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Or G5 major
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D major
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To play the G5, use the pad of your middle finger, the same finger fretting the E-string 3rd fret, to mute the open A string.

Pre Chorus

D major
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C major
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E major
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D major
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C major
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E major
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Play D-C x 3 and then D-C-E.

Chorus

A major
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G major
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Or G5 major
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D major
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Bm
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E major
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A major
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G major
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Or G5 major
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D major
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Bm
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E major
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Play A-G-D 2 times then end chorus with Bm-E.


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