Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A Lighthearted Blues

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A Lighthearted Blues

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It's always a pleasure to hear a new recording by Tom Paxton, the venerated American singer-songwriter whose body of work spans a half-century and whose tunes have been interpreted by everyone from Joan Baez to Bob Dylan to Pete Seeger. From the recent Redemption Road, Paxton's 61st album, "Susie Most of All" is a gem of an old-timey piece.

The song's intro and verses are based on the 12-bar blues progression in the key of G major, which, due to a capo at the fourth fret, sounds a major third higher (key of B major). Four chords-the Í (G), IV (C/G or C), and V (D) service the whole piece. (These chords sound as B, E, and F|.) Before learning the song, make sure you're familiar with the grips. Note that when you move between the G and C/G chords you can keep your third and fourth fingers in place for efficient switching.

On the recording you'll find layers of guitars, but I've suggested an intro figure that will work for one guitar in the notation here. …

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