Ben Harper Biography

American roots musician

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Ben Harper

Ben Harper is an American roots musician who has stretched his appeal around the globe by recording covers of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing and The Verve‘s The Drugs Don’t Work.

Harper’s first album Welcome To The Cruel World (1994) was followed by Fight For Your Mind only a year later. It was at this point that the word of Ben Harper began to spread.

Often touring Europe and other non-American territories, Harper has created a dedicated following the world over.

One of his most successful collaborations happened with the vocal group The Blind Boys Of Alabama who he recorded the seriously groovy There Will Be A Light with in 2004.

Initially famous for his Weissenborn slide skills, Ben Harper has shown some serious talent on most guitars. His band The Innocent Criminals aren’t bad either!

Guitar Lessons

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Today we start looking at a new song in The Verve’s monster hit The Drugs Don’t Work.

The chords are all from the key of C. Let’s start by looking at the chord progression and how we can extend the chords.

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work step 1.

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 2

Let’s take a look at the strumming pattern for this song. We are dealing with a 16th note pattern at a slow pace again.

It’s the same pattern for all chords, even when there are two chords in one bar.

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work step 2.

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 3

Today you’ll learn a bunch of 2nd guitar part ideas for The Drugs Don’t Work.

These parts are picked one note at a time.

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work step 3.

The Drugs Don’t Work – Step 4

In this last step, we fit a capo on fret five and work on playing picked and strummed parts as if in the key of G.

This then becomes a more creative 2nd guitar part that you can use when playing along with me and the singer.

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work step 4.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

The Drugs Don't Work ChordsThe Drugs Don’t Work is an easy song to play for a beginner having simple chords and a repetitive strumming pattern.

Using only simple open position chords it is only the F chord that may present a problem.

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work chords and guitar lessons.


The Drugs Dont WorkAll this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down
And I hope you’re thinking of me

Go to The Drugs Don’t Work lyrics.

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