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Lesson notes

Kate Wolf was a great singer-songwriter from Northern California who, unfortunately barely made it into her 40s.She left us with a handful of albums and dozens of songs that were covered by artists such as Emmylou Harris and Nancy Griffith. Great Love Of My Life was one she originally did with piano accompaniment but generally performed live on the guitar. This lesson is based on her version from a 2018 compilation album featuring recordings from various shows in Mendocino County, most of which were done with longtime collaborator Nina Gerber.

The progression is very basic, in the key of G major, and the accompaniment is a common arpeggio pattern with syncopated bass notes and some passing runs. This is a great song for beginning fingerpickers which can lead to more elaborate songs by Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot, to name just a couple.