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|Lesson Subject: Folk Guitar Legends
|What you learn:
Neil Young Style|
|Michael: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Hello class, welcome to the interactive
class series on Folk Guitar Legends II. This lesson features the style of Neil
Young! Mr. Young has made a major impact on many contemporary song writers. His picking
and chording style is basic, but very unique sounding.
The lesson sample will give you an idea of what you will learn:
Michael: Let's start with the first section using
a Dm chord progression:
Notice in this section you start by playing the open D root note and then
strumming the rest of the Dm chord. Then you strum the F6, Cadd9, and then use a
descending run from the C. Here's the jam track:
Now you can also jam using the D Minor scale:
It sounds very Neil Young like when you add the open E string while playing the
Try playing the scale over the jam track a few time to get use to playing over
the rhythm guitar. For our next section you will switch to using the D Major
chord instead of the Dm. Neil Young will switch from Major to Minor or Minor to
Major to make the song sound interesting and make the verse and chorus sound
See how switching to the D Major makes quite a difference in the
sound? You start with the D Major and then
slide the fingering up to the 5th fret. You then switch to the Cadd9 chord and
then G. and ascending the same run you played earlier. The contrast between Part
1 & 2 sound very cool, and easy to play as well. Here's the jam
Now you can play a cool double stop type solo over these chords as well. Here's
the pattern you can use:
Try using the double note pattern over the looping jam track a few times. Our
next section will start with the Em7 chord and the D and Cadd9 chords. Here's
that you hold down the 4th & 5th string on the 2nd fret with the 1st finger,
and then the 3rd finger on the 2nd string/3rd fret. This allows you to play the
chord easier, but you can use the 1st and 2nd finger on the 5th & 4th
strings as well. Whatever seems easier for you. Towards the end of the
phrase you play Am and then B7 to resolve the progression. Here's the jam
The E Minor Pentatonic sounds very cool to jam over this section as well, here's
Neil Young has a very rigid sounding lead style. I believe he uses heavy strings
and a lot of attack with his guitar pick, along with a fast vibrato. Most of the
scales he uses is the Minor Pentatonic and Blues scale. In our next section we
are going to start with the Em7 chord again but alter the other
Michael: In this
section you play the Em7 chord, then G, Cadd9 and then the A7 to A7sus4 chords.
You end the phrase by playing the C add9 and D chords. Here's the jam
You can use the same E Minor Pentatonic pattern I gave you earlier. Here's
another E Minor Pentatonic pattern you can try over the jam track as
Let's jump to our last progression. In this section you start by picking the D
chord, C add9, F & G.
Part 5 - Picking
Notice how the open E (1st String) rings open for most of this progression. You
adjust the fingering for each chord to include the open E and use the same basic
picking pattern except for adjusting to play the lower notes of each chord.
Here's the jam track.
Looping Jam Track 5
I hope this lesson gives you a better understanding on Neil Young's acoustic
Michael: I hope to see you all next lesson!
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