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Gordon Lightfoot was a well-known songwriter in the mid 1960s but in 1970 he became a household name with the release of *If You Could Read My Mind*. It features a gentle, rolling arpeggio fingerpicking pattern, and a relatively easy set of chords backing a beautiful melody. This guitar lesson looks at Gordon’s repetitive pattern as well as how to expand and improvise a bit around it. There is also a short interlude that incorporates the melody into the accompaniment. The song is fingered in the key of G but with a capo at the second fret, putting it in the key of A. The lesson is done without the capo.
George Hawks here....(7/26/2013)..This is a real classic that anyone my age (58) will agree it brings back memories.The song is tabbed out very nicely.Neil actually sounds good singing this! Thanks for the great job you do.
written by georgehawks, July 26, 2013
Another excellent lesson from Neil in his typically clear and descriptive manner. I respectfully suggest that Neil's teaching skills are in a class of their own, and it is always a delight to learn a new song and have the benefit of such an outstanding teacher. Thanks Neil.
written by ppablo, May 20, 2011
Great job Neil!! Been wanting to learn this for many years. Thanks!