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Lesson notes

Water Song has been one of the most popular songs among my fingerpicking students for about 40 years now. It first appeared in 1972 on Burgers, Hot Tuna’s first studio album after releasing two live ones.

Nowadays Jorma plays it a bit more restrained compared to in the Hot Tuna days, frequently playing with just Jack Casady on bass. The song is played in Open G Tuning and has a few very distinct sections.

There are many measures that need to be played with improvised strumming, although almost all measures need small variations.