Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

This Masquerade is a Leon Russell tune that became a hit for The Carpenters in 1973. Karen's silky voice brought a beautiful timbre to Leon's smoky composition. Richard Carpenter's arrangement included some harmonic tangents and included a nice piano solo as well as a short flute solo.
This lesson is based on that and is how Neil would play it when accompanying a vocalist. There are quite a few jazzy chords, and the right hand technique is a percussive style, really a combination of fingerpicking and light strumming.