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In the early 1970s Gordon Lightfoot was churning out hit song after hit song in a series of great albums. His 1972 entry, Don Quixote included Beautiful, one of a handful of songs he still plays at every concert. There is elegant simplicity in the unusual, but short chord progression, and as well as melodic phrasing that seems to complicate the song.

The accompaniment features a common picking pattern that is not your normal, Travis style alternating bass but a rolling pattern using three bass note in each measure. Overall this is a very accessible lesson to all students but I encourage everyone to experiment and embellish the right hand patterns.