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AdamHinson 12-09-2019 09:42 AM

First song you learned that wowed you?
 
Hope this is the right area for this.

Just wondering as a beginner, that was the first "hard" (for your abilities) song you learned and that once you got it down pat, amazed you at how much you had progressed?

Mine was Reckless by Aaron Watson. The verses were super easy. Nothing but G over and over and over. The chorus was tough. It very quickly goes from D-Em-C-G-Em-C-D-Em-Am-G-D-Am-D and back to G for the verse.

I'm still a beginner, but once I was able to play the chorus almost effortlessly, it absolutely amazed me.

AndreF 12-09-2019 10:10 AM

I donít know that wowed is the word to describe it in my case, but when I started playing guitar many moons ago I taught myself ďKathyís SongĒ by Paul Simon. Learning it by ear from the ďstereoĒ.
Taught me a lot, especially that playing better guitar is mostly about the control hand, in my case the right.
Learning that one tune turned on a lot of lights for me.

davidbeinct 12-09-2019 11:17 AM

Right now Iím working on Here Comes the Sun. Iíve got the eight bar intro figured out, but I can still only get through it perfectly maybe twenty percent of the time. Itís really fun playing something that pulls the melody out of the chords instead of just strumming away. Iím also working through David Hamburgerís Thirty Blues Fingerstyle Licks You Must Know. Iím finding that learning the steady bass style is really helpful to the kind of flat picking that happens in the Beatles song.

Slothead56 12-09-2019 09:19 PM

Way back when in college I taught myself the Don McLean Castles in the Air/Three Fights Up mash up from his Live Solo album. I was an accomplished Travis picker early but I remember figuring this thing out as a real effort. It was a great song to play in the ubiquitous Coffee houses back then.

Can still play it but canít remember all the words! (Hate that!)

DenverSteve 12-09-2019 11:06 PM

Has to be Stairway To Heaven. I learned it soon after came out. In 1972 it was still a fresh new, great song by a great band.

JonPR 12-10-2019 04:01 AM

For me, it would be guitar instrumental tunes, not "songs" as such. My favourite songs were always pretty simple ones, at least at the beginning (Dylan, blues, folk, etc).
My source of accomplishment in the early days was fingerstyle guitar - e.g., getting Angie worked out, and various other tracks on Bert Jansch's debut LP. Also ragtime pieces, mostly from Stefan Grossman records (Dallas Rag, Delia, etc). And of course, Dylan's fancier guitar tunes like Don't Think Twice and Girl of the North Country. And Donovan. (Hey it was the 1960s...)

I.e., for me, there was a distinction between "songs" (lyrics, melody, chord sequence) and "guitar technique", which only applied to certain specific songs or instrumentals. I was into songwriting as much as guitar playing, but learning those songs wasn't hard at all. It was the fingerstyle guitar that presented the exciting and satisfying challenges.

I still wouldn't say the emotion I had at the time was "wow", or amazement at how well I'd done. Naturally I'd be pleased with myself, but I'd be moving on to something else, just enjoying the whole process.

lukeap69 12-10-2019 05:04 AM

Dust In The Wind by Kansas for me. I am still amazed that I am able to play it now. [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]

dhodgeh 12-10-2019 05:46 AM

The tune that awakened me to the world of flat picking acoustic guitar was Big Sciota off of Bryan Sutton's 'Not To Far From The Tree'.

That whole album is a lesson in flat picking duets.

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reeve21 12-10-2019 08:35 AM

Mine was "Deal" by Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter.

It had a couple of extra chords than the other tunes I knew, and a shuffle rhythm. When I nailed run in the intro I felt like maybe I was getting somewhere! It still play it often, several decades later :)

ljguitar 12-10-2019 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdamHinson (Post 6234039)
Hope this is the right area for this.

Just wondering as a beginner, that was the first "hard" (for your abilities) song you learned and that once you got it down pat, amazed you at how much you had progressed?

Mine was Reckless by Aaron Watson. The verses were super easy. Nothing but G over and over and over. The chorus was tough. It very quickly goes from D-Em-C-G-Em-C-D-Em-Am-G-D-Am-D and back to G for the verse.

I'm still a beginner, but once I was able to play the chorus almost effortlessly, it absolutely amazed me.

Hi AH

Sounds Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) in 1964 - cool fingerstyle intro-lick & chord progressions
I Started A Joke (Bee Gees) in 1968 - fingerstyle arpeggiated all the way through
Fire and Rain (James Taylor) in 1970 - fingerstyle

I was a singer and there were no guitarists around who wanted to play while I sang, so I learned guitar. It was the end of the folk era and I was gaining control of my fingers.

All three of the ones I listed were songs which I played and sang at the same time and each marked a level of skill increase for me.

I found a gigging partner and we sang at Folk Gatherings, Bars, and Hoot-e-nanny concerts for $$$ as well as I was called upon to play simple accompaniment for our college choir and campus Madrigal concerts.




Riverwolf 12-10-2019 09:37 AM

Wish You Were Here.
Learned a simple version early on and it was a real confidence booster.

Roll in my Sweet Baby's Arms.
My first flatpicking/Carter style song.

Gordon Currie 12-10-2019 06:46 PM

Mood For A Day (Steve Howe). I learned it by ear and it was a huge milestone at the time.

islandguitar 12-10-2019 07:51 PM

"Stew Ball"!!
Fall of '66......never played guitar before and now I'm Kinda doing this song. It was the moment I realized maybe I could do something with this guitar thing after all. I think it was the Em chord which did a little thing with a 6th (high e third fret?).....and then that D chord dropping off to a D sus, I believe. Got me all excited!!! LOL!

AusTexMurf 12-10-2019 08:21 PM

Aura Lee, picking out the melody
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, alternate picking and strumming
Billy In The Lowground, flat pick simple version of both parts

Crazyguitardj 12-10-2019 08:24 PM

It wasn't the first song I played, but the first one I Learned fingerstyle was Dust In The Wind by Kansas... turned out so beautiful that I still play it today :)


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