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Lesson notes

Expecting To Fly is a song written by Neil Young and performed by Buffalo Springfield. It appeared on their 1967 album, ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’.

The song is another great example of a style that Neil Young uses frequently, changing time signatures and using chords from a few different keys.

The lesson takes a look at how Neil Young played it after the band broke up, which he has done on both the guitar as well as the piano.

It features fairly easy chords and strumming, a few embellishments and of course changes in time signatures, which might be challenging.

The lesson is presented in the key of D, although Neil tunes all the strings of his guitar a whole step down, putting it in the absolute key of C. It also takes a look at how to play it in the key of A, capoed on the 3rd fret.