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Lesson notes

In the early 1980s I was playing quite a bit with my friend Rich Olson. He introduced me to a few J.J. Cale songs that really grabbed me and stuck with me.

Hold On is from Cale’s 1976 album Troubador and features his cool, laid back sound, although a touch jazzier than many of his other songs.

This lesson covers the progression and syncopated changes, and includes some thoughts on playing lead over the changes. There is also a backing track segment for you to practice soloing over.