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Lesson notes

Paul Simon wrote Father And Daughter for his then 7-year old, Lulu. It was first released in 2002 as part of the soundtrack for The Wild Thornberries Movie.

It was remixed for his 2006 album Surprise. The song opens with a cascading descent of notes from the pentatonic scale, then settles in to a nice, percussive groove.

This lesson does not go over what Paul usually plays, which is basic and usually inaudible in the mix. Instead it combines the progression with the bass part and percussive fingerpicking to be a solid solo accompaniment, although somewhat challenging.

The lesson also includes a short solo section, based on the way it is played live.