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Lesson notes

We have already done a lesson on Fred Neil’s version of Everybody’s Talkin’ (the original), and here we take a look at what Harry Nilsson added to it that helped make it a classic for all time. Of course a big part of this was it becoming the theme song to the movie Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

This version is played in the key of E and includes some very fast fingerpicking. We look at an easy way of picking through the chord progression, as well as the double-time style that opens the song with a bang.