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Lesson notes

In 1969, Pete Townsend put a band together for his talented chauffeur Speedy Keen. Keen had written a song that appeared on The Who Sell Out album and Pete felt Speedy’s song Something In The Air was worthy of being recorded and released. The band was christened Thunderclap Newman, after piano player Andy Newman, and went on to be a classic example of a one- hit wonder. In 1993, Tom Petty came out with a cover of it and this lesson is based mostly on his version, which is almost campfire in comparison. Tom's version includes a 16th note strumming pattern and a little arpeggio picking. The original included a slightly abstract piano solo. This lesson does take a short look at the original as well, which was done in Open E Tuning and modulated through three keys.