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Lesson notes

In 1972 Jackson Browne’s debut album, sometimes referred to as Saturate Before Using, introduced us to one of the best songwriters of this generation. Something Fine is a delicate fingerpicking song that is not difficult to play but includes a very nice intro and interludes between verses. He plays it with the fifth string tuned down a whole step (to G) and the studio version had all strings tuned down another half step. In recent years he lowers it a whole step, giving us D-F-C-F-A-D.

The lesson is done at standard pitch with just the lowered fifth string and looks specifically at the intro and interludes, or endings, with a more generic look at the progressions used in the verses and choruses.

The chord shapes are very easy but you should have some familiarity with alternate picking patterns as they can and should be varied with every play through. There are some nice slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs that could prove a little tricky at first.