Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Lonesome West

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Lonesome West

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On "Rider in the Rain," from his acclaimed album Little Criminals, the great singersongwriter Randy Newman imagines himself as a cowboy in a note-perfect pastiche of country-and-western music, complete with the Eagles on backing vocals.

Though Newman recorded the song with a full band, it sounds terrific arranged just for guitar and voice. And it should be easy to learn-pretty much all you need to play the entire song is shown in the ten bars of notation and tablature here.

"Rider in the Rain" can be thought of as being in 12/8 time or in 4/4 with a swing feel- in the interest of streamlined notation I've opted for the latter. This means that wherever you see consecutive eighth notes, like beats 2 and 4 throughout the main progression, you should play the first eighth note longer than the second, at a ratio of two-to-one. Play along with the original recording to get the best sense of this rhythmic feel. …

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