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Lesson notes

Guy Clark was one of the most revered songwriters of his generation, who went on to influence and champion many of his contemporaries.

Magnolia Wind was part of his 2002 album The Dark, which featured songwriting collaborations with other great writers. Shawn Camp was Guy's partner on Magnolia Wind.

The song is a basic 4-chord country ballad in 3/4 time, which means a simple strumming pattern, but what dresses the song up a bit is Guy's flatpicking fills between vocal phrases. These are done a bit differently throughout the song and the lesson goes into great detail about some of the options on the C and G chords. The other chords are F and Bb, both of which really need to be played as full barres.

There is also a short section on improvising a solo.