How to Play, "Name," by the Goo Goo Dolls Without Breaking a String!

Introduction: How to Play, "Name," by the Goo Goo Dolls Without Breaking a String!

This instructable will show you how to play the song, "Name," by the band The Goo Goo Dolls without breaking or wearing down any strings!

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Step 1: Restring the Guitar (optional)

Just in case you have crappy guitar strings, it's best you restring your guitar before attempting this. A list of instructions can be found below. If you feel confident you can tune your guitar without breaking a string, continue to the next step. For pictures associated with the below text, go to

Step One: Acquire some new guitar strings.

Step Two: Unwind guitar string with "stringer tool" (which looks like a New Year's noise maker and probably has a name...)

Step Three: Take pin out the bridge with the other end of the "stringer tool" which will release old string. Take old string off.

Step Four: Get new string and unravel it.

Step Five: Line up the the ball end (looks like an eyelet) of the new string in the hole of the bridge and use the peg to push the eyelet down into the hole. Push down on the peg to make sure the string is secured.

Step Six: Stretch the string into the nut and thread string through tuning pegheads (make sure that the eye of the tuning peg is parallell to frets.)

Step Seven: Kink string to prevent it from slipping. Remember to give the string some slack for winding. The "E" string needs about 2 full wraps around, "A" string needs about 3..etc. If you wind it to tight it might snap! SNAP!

Step Eight: Wind it up (counterclockwise) a lot. Make sure that each wind of the string goes below the previous one. I had to hold the string and tug on it a little to keep it winding properly. Also, keep a watch on the pin in the bridge to make sure it doesn't pop out. I had to push it in a few time during the winding to keep the string in place. You should stretch the strings a little with your thumb and index finger and then re-tune a couple of times until the string settles into its groove.

Step Nine: Cut string with wire cutters as close to tuning peg as possible (cuz those ends are sharp... ouch!)

Hooray! You're done.

Step 2: The Lyrics

And even though the moment passed me by I still can't turn away
I saw the dreams you never thought you'd lose tossed along the way
Letters that you never meant to send lost or thrown away

And now we're grown up orphans that never Knew their names
Don't belong to no one that's a shame
You could hide beside me maybe for a while
And I won't tell no one your name
I won't tell em' your name

Scars are souvenirs you never lose , the past is never far
Did you lose yourself somewhere out there , did you get to be a star
Don't it make you sad to know that life is more that who we are

You grew up way too fast and now there's Nothing to believe
And reruns all become our history
A tired song keeps playing on a tired radio
And I won't tell no one your name
I won't tell em' your name

I think about you all the time
But I don't need the same
It's lonely where you are come back down
And I won't tell em your name

Step 3: Tune Your Guitar

First, buy a guitar tuner, Then, tune your guitar to the following tuning (from lowest to highest)

D (tune down)
A (keep the same)
E (tune up)
G (keep the same)
A (tune down)
E (keep the same)

Continue to the next step.

Step 4: The Verses

Now it's time to play the song. Here is the tab for the verses:



Then strum all the strings while following this tab on the third string:


***The numbers grouped close together resemble strumming with an up and down pattern.***

Step 5: The Chorus

Here are the chords for the chorus:

F#m7 Esus4 Dsus2
Now we're growing up orphans and that never knew their names.
F#m7 Esus4 Dsus2
We don't belong to no one, that's a shame.
F#m7 Esus4 Dsus2 F#m7 Esus4 Dsus2
But you could hide beside me, maybe for a while, and I won't tell no one your name.

And I won't tell 'em your name.

Step 6: The Instrumental

Basically the same progression as the chorus. You'd need a second guitarist to fully play the instrumental.

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