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Video exclusive: How to play Maroon 5's She Will Be Loved

She Will Be Loved is one of Maroon 5's first and biggest hits, and in the exclusive video lesson above, guitarist James Valentine shows you how he performs the song live.

Released in 2004, the bossa nova-tinged track is the third single from Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane. Written by Adam Levine and Valentine, She Will Be Loved reached number five in the US, number four in the UK, and in Australia it all the way to number one. (The song has sold over two million downloads worldwide.)

As Valentine notes in the video, the version that he and Levine perform live differs from the album recording, and in the lesson, playing a cherry red Gibson ES-335, he demonstrates how he makes triple use of his right hand, gently fingerpicking chords and bass notes while working effective percussive patterns, all at the same time.

You can purchase the 10th anniversary of Songs About Jane on iTunes (opens in new tab). And, of course, there's Maroon 5's latest album, Overexposed, which you can snatch up right here (opens in new tab). Keep it locked on MusicRadar, as we'll be presenting another exclusive video guitar lesson with James Valentine by week's end.

For more about Maroon 5, be sure to visit their official website, Facebook and Twitter.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.