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Lesson notes

Pat Metheny's 1982 album, Offramp, included his tribute to James Taylor, appropriately title James. It is a catchy and bouncy instrumental in the AABA form, with a few verses of improvised solos, with an unrelated intro by keyboardist Lyle Mays.This lesson includes Neil's arrangements of both Pat's theme and Lyle's intro.

It is very challenging, as combining the melody and chord progression, not to mention bringing in some percussion presents some big problems. There are also some chord shapes and families that are probably new to most  students.

Take a look at the last segment, Take One for the overall effect.