Angie Guitar Lesson

Angie Guitar Lesson & TAB – Bert Jansch Arrangement

This is the full guitar Lesson for Bert Jansch's arrangement of Angie.

Angie was originally written by Davy Graham in 1961 and has become a real fingerpicking folk classic over the years. Many artists have covered this song over the years but one that really springs to mind is Paul Simon's version. It's well worth giving it a listen and comparing to Bert Jansch's.

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Angie!

Song Details:

  • Capo - 3rd fret
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 160ish bpm
  • Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced

Angie (Performance)

As you learn to play Angie, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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Angie - Guitar lesson (Part 1)

OK, let's jump into the lesson. In this video we learn how to play the main progression of the song. This section reappears through the whole piece so it's something you really must master very well. Thankfully it's not too hard but it's still certainly no walk in the park. As always, just take it very slow to begin with.

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Part 2

There are many sections to this piece and learning the structure of it is one of the biggest challenges of the entire thing. So really make sure you listen repeatedly to the song so you're able to navigate it correctly. 

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Part 3 

Onto the next section of Angie now, this bit's really fun to play once mastered.

Part 4

This section is probably the most awkward part of the song. 

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Part 5

There's just one more section for you to learn and that's it.

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Nigel Blott left a comment on 7th February 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Really great to have this lesson. I am just working on the Paul Simon version of Anji using a great lesson on the “Shut up and Play” website, which also has excellent tabs. Very useful to have both versions to compare (and maybe mix and match…). Thank you!

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th February 2021 at 5:18 pm

      Great, glad you like the lesson, thanks!

  2. Charlie left a comment on 9th February 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Been enjoying your lessons on these different sections of this great arrangement by Bert! I’ve managed to get all of the parts down except for Part 4 with all of those single notes which I’ll look into. I’ve recently learnt Paul Simon’s arrangement as well and out of the two renditions, I think I might prefer this one over Paul’s and I find that this one sticks more to Davy’s version! What do you make of the arrangement famously done by Paul Simon compared to Bert’s?

    Cheers Chris

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th February 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Hey Charlie! Hope you’re doing good! Yeah that section with the single notes is tricky but I’m sure you’re going to get it. I like Paul Simon’s version, although I’ve not learnt it myself (maybe one day!), but personally I think I prefer Jansch’s. Thanks, Chris

      • Charlie left a comment on 15th February 2021 at 10:17 am

        Yeah doing well thanks! There is a lesson that came out recently on Paul Simon’s rendition from the ‘Shutup & play’ YT channel if you want to have a go from there! Part 4 is probably the trickiest to pull off and quite a lot going on from that section. Something else which would benefit whiles playing Bert’s rendition is writing out the structure for when these different parts come in e.g. Main Theme x2 and then onto Part 4.

  3. Matthew left a comment on 28th February 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Great lesson as always!
    The string bending sounds so good. Have you done any other songs on the acoustic guitar that make use of this technique?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 4th March 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Matthew, glad you like it. I may have done but I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

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