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James Taylor's 1991 album New Moon Shine opened up with another one of his songs based on childhood memories in North Carolina. Copperline conjures up images similar to Carolina In My Mind and Sweet Baby James, to name just two. The song includes one of his signature accompaniment styles that we might even consider frailing, to borrow a term from the banjo world. James uses the thumb for bass notes and brushes lightly with the fingers on the middle and higher strings.
The lesson includes all the parts and goes over some of the unorthodox left hand fingers that he uses commonly. One of these is important to getting the right sound with a hammer-on into the D chord when coming from a Bm7. Otherwise, we find a lot of typical James Taylor moves and chords, as well as a capo at the second fret.