Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

In 1966 The Left Banke had a big hit with Walk Away Renée, a tune written by their teenage keyboardist Michael Brown (according to some sources). It turned out to be their only hit upon reflection over 50 year later.

Michael played harpsichord on the tune, which also featured a short flute solo and vocals by Steve Martin Caro. The chord progression was built on a descending chromatic line that really gave the song its signature sound.

This lesson is a way to play through the chords to accompany a singer, (maybe you!) and a soloist if you know any flute players. It includes a chart and specific techniques to strum through it, as well as a little theory section on bass runs and harmony.