I can still remember the first time I saw More Than Words on TV. The amazing vocals of Gary Cherone and backing vocals of Nuno Bettencourt. I have no idea how many women/girls fell in love with those two but the attraction was so strong even I could understand it. Two handsome men singing great melodies and all backed up by a very basic -and by now almost iconic- picking/strumming pattern on the guitar. In the full version (you won’t see it in the shortened version that is on Extreme’s own VEVO channel) it is so bizarre to have a simple pattern throughout the song, all in perfect dedication to the song and vocals, to be ended with a super fast and mesmerising tapping lick on the guitar. I have no idea how many guitarists have spent hours, days, weeks, figuring out that lick!
We all know many guitar classics: Stairway to heaven, Tears In Heaven, Hotel California, Sweet Home Alabama, and a dozen others. To me More Than Words belongs in that list too and it is the perfect guitar ballad. Of course there are a few more out there and I don’t want to take away anything from them or suggest that this one is the best of them all. It’s just perfect. Some songs sound great almost regardless of who plays it, and I think this is one of them. I didn’t make an attempt to sing it though, I definitely know my limitations which is why I was so stoked that Rob Lundgren agreed to give it a try. He’s one of those upcoming youtubers and he’ll sail past me in subscriber numbers in no time, I guarantee you 🙂
In any case, I hope you can appreciate our version of it. We stayed very close to the original, probably because I make the guitar lessons too. Enjoy and in case you’re interested in learning how to play this song, here you go.