Harvest – Neil Young

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In this lesson, we’re going to learn “Harvest” by Neil Young. This is one of my favourite folk tunes. It’s not too difficult, but not the first song I’d try to learn either.

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We begin with some shapes: D, G, A, Bm, E. We work on the switches and spend some time practicing the chord progression. I also write the progression out, in a logical way, so you can learn how to make your own chord “cheat sheet” that’ll help you memorize this tune faster.

Once we’ve gotten used to the chords, we take a look at some strumming. This pattern is simple, rhythmically, but there’s a couple little things you need to do in order to make it sound like the song. It uses an “alternate bass notes” style, which requires a bit of work for each chord.

We take care of all that, and then practice putting the chords and strumming together. First, I talk you through it all, ultra slowly, and then we try it at a nice, steady pace, to get you prepared for playing with the recording and really mastering this tune.

I hope you enjoy the lesson. Till next time!
-James

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