Lewis and Clark Guitar Lesson

Lewis & Clark Guitar Lesson – Tommy Emmanuel

This is the full guitar lesson for Lewis & Clark by Tommy Emmanuel.

This is such a great song and tons of fun to play on the guitar. Being a Tommy Emmanuel song, it's not one for the beginner fingerpicker but it's actually one of his easier songs to play. The chords are pretty straightforward throughout and there's not too many sections to navigate.

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Lewis & Clark!

Song Details:

  • Capo - 2nd fret
  • Key - E minor (E minor without a capo, F# minor with)
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 100 bpm
  • Difficulty - advanced

Lewis & Clark (Performance)

As you learn to play Lewis & Clark be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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Lewis & Clark Guitar Lesson - Intro

First off let's dive into the beautiful and haunting intro of Lewis & Clark. I'd say that this is probably the hardest section of the song to play. When watching Tommy play it live I've noticed that he improvises and often changes it from the original recording, so do bear that in mind as you learn it - it's probably OK to make some small changes so long as you don't go too far off track. 

How to Play the Verse

OK, let's jump into the verse now. This section follows a very simple chord progression but there's plenty going on in the fingerpicking hand. 

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How to Play the Chorus

There's just the chorus to learn now. There is one particularly tricky part in this section involving a finger bending the wrong way to fret a note. I'm sure you'll see exactly what I'm talking abut pretty quickly. 

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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. 

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  1. Bernie left a comment on 23rd January 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Do you have, or do you know where I can find a tab for the song Guinevere by Lucy Kaplansky? Have you considered doing a lesson on this song? Here is a link to the arrangement I am talking about: https://youtu.be/3-P_KufdKm4

    Thanks

    Bernie

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th January 2021 at 8:21 pm

      Hey Bernie, I’m sorry I get so many requests everyday that I’ve had to stop taking them, I don’t want to disappoint people when I can’t do them. Sadly I don’t know where else you can find a lesson on it. Apologies.

  2. Graham left a comment on 2nd February 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Chris,
    How’s the Lewis & Clark tab going?
    Cheers,
    Graham

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 3rd February 2021 at 9:36 am

      Hey Graham, it’s just been published. Cheers, Chris

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