The 59th Street Bridge Song Guitar Lesson

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) Guitar Lesson

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) is a classic folk song by American duo Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon being the lead writer). The song appears on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. In this lesson we're going to be learning how to play this short, fun and upbeat song in full.

It's a great song to learn for people around the intermediate mark of fingerpicking. The chords are very straightforward throughout and the picking patterns aren't too hard either. Having said that, you may find the tempo a little challenging as it comes in at around 150bpm, which is really quite fast.

OK, let's get on with learning The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)!

Song Details:

  • Capo - 3rd fret
  • Key - C major (C without a capo, Eb with)
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 150 bpm
  • Difficulty - intermediate 

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The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Lesson

The intro is really catchy and very enjoyable to play but it's probably also the hardest part of the song to learn. However, once you have it mastered you'll be able to play the vast majority of the song because the verse is played more or less the same as the intro, with the exception of a few small changes. 

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Want to learn more fingerpicking songs?

Want to learn more fingerpicking songs?: Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel), Fire and Rain (James Taylor), Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Bob Dylan), Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)

Alternatively you can browse the whole song catalogue: Song Lesson Library

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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