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!
- Capo - 3rd fret
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 160ish bpm
- Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced
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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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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Onto the next section of Angie now, this bit's really fun to play once mastered.
This section is probably the most awkward part of the song.
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There's just one more section for you to learn and that's it.
Want to learn more fingerstyle arrangements of famous songs?: Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver), Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis), Ticket to Ride (The Beatles), Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival).
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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.