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Lesson notes

Jorma Kaukonen has been a huge influence on fingerstyle guitar players since Surrealistic Pillow by The Jefferson Airplane appeared in 1967. After albums with them and three with Hot Tuna, his collaborative efforts with Airplane bassist Jack Cassidy, he released his first solo album Quah in 1974. The lead track from the record was Genesis, a touching ballad with some blues tinges reminiscent of his Country Blues roots.

This lesson covers the way it appeared then as well as some of the variations that evolved over the years. It is played with a capo at the second fret in the relative key of A Mixolydian, and is mostly an alternating bass series of chords, where the progression is really only four measures long. It still should present a few new techniques and tricks to most players.