Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

How Can We Hang On To A Dream is a gorgeous, magical, little song written by American folk musician Tim Hardin, and covered by many prominent artists. It appears on his album ‘Tim Hardin 1’, released in 1966. 

It’s in 3/4, with relatively easy chords in the key of Em (capo III). 

This lesson teaches how to strum through the song, as well as how you could fingerpick it. Personally I prefer the latter. 

We also take a look at how to incorporate a little bit of what the violin is playing. For this we use a few different shapes, higher up the neck, for some of the chords.

Transitioning smoothly between chords is crucial in order to make it flow and sound beautiful. There is a segment which discusses a few techniques for that.