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Old 10-13-2005, 12:59 PM
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Default Good acoustic strumming songs?

I need some ideas here folks...artists would be good, specific songs would be even better. I need some strumming practice (mainly a classical guitarist with too many acoustic/pop loves to stay only classical) and while I have a couple songs that are being my guide, I would love some other suggestions. Thanks
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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It's so long it might be the only strumming song you need to know.
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Old 10-13-2005, 01:13 PM
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CSN Southern Cross, Bob Segar Night Moves, Sam Bush Song for Roy or Same ol River, Van Morrison Brown eyed Girl. Neil Young Harvest Moon or Unknown Legend, ABB Melissa, Tracy Chapman Talkin bout a Revolution , America Sister Golden Hair or Ventura Highway,Nirvanas(version) The Man Who Sold the World.. I could go on forever. Songs by J Cash John Mellemcamp, G Dead, etc, etc etc.
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Old 10-13-2005, 02:53 PM
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get your hands on "the eagles: greatest hits". it has a blue album cover with some kind of winged logo in the center. if you can play G,D, and C you can strum the whole album, right along with the CD. you'll then have a peaceful easy feeling about your strumming struggles!! good luck
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Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eagles, Beatles...lots of choices!
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Old 10-13-2005, 03:54 PM
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Some true classics:

You Are My Sunshine
Good Night Irene
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
This Land is Your Land
I've Been Working on the Railroad
In the Jailhouse Now

The reason I mention these is that their "boilerplate" nature will help you acclimate to strumming, but at the same time there's a very definite reason why they don't fade away over time.
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Old 10-13-2005, 06:51 PM
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Johnny Cash
Bob Seger
Emmylou Harris
Kate Wolf
Anything of a Cowboy style.
Gordon Lightfoot
Don Williams

Check the internet Guitar Tab sites and you'll find thousands of songs.
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nearly anything by csny or cat stevens?

and i concur on the 'edmund fitzgerald'. two other candidates in that vein would be 'rocky raccoon' or 'lily, rosemary & the jack of hearts'.

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Old 10-13-2005, 07:50 PM
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City of New Orleans is another good one (Steve Goodman's song, as done by Arlo Guthrie).
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Let's not forget the great songs of John Denver. I would suggest DVD 3 by Pete Huttlinger (Homespun) to learn the strumming patterns. It's a great workout.

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There are a lot of John Prine tunes that can be strummed as well:
Dear Abby
The Great Compromise
Sam Stone
Paradise
and the list will keep going

Fountains of Wayne
Valley Winter Song
Hey Julie

And one of my favorites by Commander Cody (Bill Kirchen can Rock a Tele) is Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues

Oh Yeah Dr. Hooks Cover of the Rolling Stone can be strummed on an acoustic and be pretty entertaining.

Lots of options......good luck
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wich one of these are intermediate or advanced? I play alot woship songs and thats almost all strumming so i would like to say i've at least gotten the basics down. Now i wanna advance and play stuff other than worhip music. Not that worship is boring or anything. just want more variaity.
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Don McLean's "American Pie" is another good strumming song.
You might want to check out some of the songs Betty Lou has on her website for strumming practice: http://bettylou.zzruss.com/
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"Fire on High" by the Electric Light Orchestra, from their Face the Music album. That'll make you strum.

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Old 10-14-2005, 08:33 AM
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Strumming practice? Well, how about some Tom Petty? "Into the Great Wide Open", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", "Free Fallin'", "Learning to Fly", and "Walls" come to mind. But, there are countless others.

When it comes to strumming on acoustic, I'm also partial to Van Morrison and the trinity of midwestern Johns: Prine, Hiatt, and Mellencamp. All of these folks have deep catalogs of first-rate strummers. Someone else has already mentioned Neil Young, which I'll second.
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