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|Lesson Subject: Folk Guitar Legends|
|What you learn: Gordon Lightfoot Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Great to see you all, this lesson
covers more on our series of Acoustic Folk Guitar Legends! This interactive
lesson is by special request featuring the guitar style of Gordon
Lightfoot. Gordon Lightfoot was a folk legend out of the 60s and
70s. In this lesson you will learn how to apply chords, fingerpicking, and
solos on the acoustic. Check out the lesson sample of what you will learn in this
Michael: Our first
section will use a chord strumming pattern starting with
Michael: The chords
and strum pattern is pretty basic, you start with the Asus2, E, G and back to
What does sus2 mean?
Michael: Yes, "sus" means
"suspended." Here's the jam track for the part:
Michael: In the key of G you have: G, A, B,
C, D, E, F#. The chords used will be the I, III & V, which are G, B
D. This means you can use the B (open) or D (3rd fret) on the 2nd string.
Let's jump to the solo you play over this rhythm track:
Part 1 -
Notice you pick the 1st (E) and 2nd (B) strings at the same time, here's a video
of the picking technique.
Part 1 - Solo - Picking
Michael: In this picking example I use my thumb and finger to pick.
You can also use the
pick as well. Here's the jam track for the part:
Now we are using the B Dorian for this solo, here's the scale
pattern with the single notes on the B string and then the drone E string
Michael: Now you can also try a picking and
bending exercise as well, to help develop your technique, try this
Part 1 - Bending
Michael: You vary
a whole or half-step depending on the position you play in the
scale. OK, let's jump to the next part. In this section you will fingerpick
the Asus2 and then add the G.
Michael: Notice how
you position your fingering for this chord. You use the 1st & 2nd fingers on
the 2nd fret, and then you are able to use the 3rd finger on the 3rd fret/6th
string. The picking video will give you a better idea on the picking technique.
Here's the jam track for this section, next we will play a solo over the
Jam Track 2
Now you can play a solo over this section as well:
Part 2 -
The scale you use for this solo is the A Mixolydian. Here's what the scale
pattern looks like:
Notice you have A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G in this pattern, also notice the mellow
effect this scale has when played over this rhythm pattern. Let's jump to the
next section. For this part you play a D chord and use a descending bass pattern
over the chord.
Your finger position is very important in playing a sequence of chords like
this. You want to minimize your hand movement when playing the chords and focus
on the picking technique. Here's the jam track:
Michael: OK, let's
try the solo over this section:
Part 3 -
This solo is based on the D major scale pattern, it's very melodic and easy to
play, here's the scale:
You can practice playing the scale over the jam track as well. Once you get the
pattern down, try jamming on your own. Our next section will go back to using
the Asus2 with a descending bass line, here's the next
Part 4 -
Michael: Here's the
jam track for this section:
Looping Jam Track 4
Michael: Now you
might notice the chords with a melody played over the chords. The melody is a
sequence of Maj and Min intervals, here's the first set of
Now you can add a counter melody using the same type of
parkerflyerguy: excellent, thanks very
Michael: Thanks everybody, see you next
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