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Lesson notes

From Gordon Lightfoot’s 1968 album Back Here On Earth, Affair On 8th Avenue is a great example of what you can do with a simple arpeggio accompaniment over some very basic chords, especially when you throw in a haunting melody and compelling lyrics.

The progression is pretty straightforward, with really just one section, a verse, but the intro really sets the stage for this song. It was originally done with two guitars but this lesson looks at a couple ways of playing a solo version of the intro.

There are also quite a few varied arpeggio patterns that can be used and the student is encouraged to play it a little differently every time.