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Old 04-02-2019, 09:15 PM
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Default How to play Lightfoot's "Minstrel of the Dawn"



One of my YouTube subscribers asked if I could put up a tutorial on how to play Lightfoot's "Minstrel of the Dawn." I thought this might be of interest to some folks on the AGF.

The song is a little tricky because it shifts from a 6/8 time scheme to a 4/4 time scheme in the middle of the song.

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Old 04-03-2019, 03:37 AM
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I guess I know what Iím doing this weekend!

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Old 04-03-2019, 03:40 AM
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Hey, I like that tune... fantastic! I look forward to doing this one too. Thanks, Glenn.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:19 AM
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Thank you Sal!

It's great to hear from you! I do hope this might be helpful!

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Old 04-03-2019, 08:21 AM
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Hey, I like that tune... fantastic! I look forward to doing this one too. Thanks, Glenn.
Hi Kerbie!

Thank you for your comments! I do remember that you suggested I cover this song quite a while back. I hope this tutorial will be helpful!

And I hope you are well!

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Wow, Glenn, this is so cool. I am a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan and you take some of my favorites and give me the opportunity to learn them. What a treat! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. As always, wonderful playing and singing. I look forward to learning this.

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Old 04-03-2019, 08:42 AM
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Wow, Glenn, this is so cool. I am a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan and you take some of my favorites and give me the opportunity to learn them. What a treat! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. As always, wonderful playing and singing. I look forward to learning this.

Best,
Jayne
Hi Jayne,

Thank you for the comments Jayne! I hope this lesson is helpful!

About this song, Kerbie suggested I do this via a PM some time ago, and I thought, yes, this is an interesting song, kind of a Lightfoot biography in a song. It's a song I didn't appreciate when I was younger, but in looking at it in my later years I thought, you know, this song is really interesting and thought provoking.

And that's probably why you like this song, too!

Thanks for your thoughts Jayne!

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I'm in the middle of learning this one and ran across your tutorial on youtube. I was having trouble with the Bm part and you helped make sense of it ... Thanks Glenn!

I was also having trouble with one line

The minstrel of the dawn is here
Just Like a step'n fetchit here

Couldn't make sense of that, no way no how :-)

Turns out Stepin Fetchit was a vaudevillian entertainer from the 30s, but no written lyrics I've seen indicate that this is someone's name.

Cheers and thanks again Glenn!
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As a suggestion, if you are able to use the thumb and three fingers of the right (picking) hand, the picking for the 6/8 is much simpler.

You pluck with the thumb, the index, the middle and ring fingers, once each, then reverse the order, middle finger, index finger, finishing the 6 notes. Repeat. Doing so eliminates the double-picking, one after the other, of the thumb on the way down and the index finger on the way up. One finger per string.
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I'm in the middle of learning this one and ran across your tutorial on youtube. I was having trouble with the Bm part and you helped make sense of it ... Thanks Glenn!

I was also having trouble with one line

The minstrel of the dawn is here
Just Like a step'n fetchit here

Couldn't make sense of that, no way no how :-)

Turns out Stepin Fetchit was a vaudevillian entertainer from the 30s, but no written lyrics I've seen indicate that this is someone's name.

Cheers and thanks again Glenn!
Hi Paul,

What a surprise to see this come up! I'm so glad to read that this tutorial was helpful to you! Thanks for taking the time to let me know, Paul.

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Old 02-12-2020, 09:39 AM
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Hi Glenn,

Thank you very much!

I am now a new subscriber to your YouTube channel,

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Old 02-12-2020, 10:08 AM
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Hi Glenn,

Thank you very much!

I am now a new subscriber to your YouTube channel,

Russ
Hi Russ!

That's awesome! Thank you! I hope you find some helpful stuff on my channel. Thank you for letting me know!

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