Just breatheJust Breathe Just Breathe (Pearl Jam)

A simple-but-shockingly-beautiful song that makes you think “Oh dear, I thought all possible finger-picking ideas had already been exhaustively enumerated!”. Just Breathe is not particularly difficult, but as with every simple song details are everything, and the octave jump in the melody requires some care.

The guitar part in the bridge cannot be actually heard, so the score contains a tentative transcription based on the audible part. Personally, I prefer to strum the bridge to add some contrast, getting back to finger picking in the very last few measures.

Incidentally, this is the first time I used the “Change Tempo” feature of Audacity to pick up every single note.