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Lesson notes

Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm collaborated on a classic that sounds like it could have been written just after the Civil War and passed down through generations, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. It was released on the eponymous 1969 album, having been written in Woodstock while The Band was living at “Big Pink.”

The progression features some compelling inversions along with nice fills between the sections. The lesson looks at how to strum through the changes, particularly incorporating the important bass line.