This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson Such A Simple Thing by Ray LaMontagne.
This song appears on Ray's 2018 album Part of the Light and is surely destined to age very well and stand the test of time. It's an utterly beautiful, simple song and makes for a great fingerstyle arrangement.
This arrangement is reasonably straightforward to play but getting the feel right may be one of the biggest challenges when you're learning it. You really don't want to rush and you must focus on bringing out the emotion of the song if you want it to sound good.
Alright, let's get on with the lesson!
- Capo - 3rd fret
- Tuning - standard
- Difficulty - intermediate
Such A Simple Thing (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Such A Simple Thing, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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Such A Simple Thing Guitar Lesson
OK let's get into the lesson. In this video we go over the intro, verse and the chorus. No one section is any harder than the others and once you've learnt all the parts the song really is a pleasure to play.
Intro: 1:08, Verse: 3:47, Chorus: 8:50
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