Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

It was a Very Good Year was written by Ervin Drake for The Kingston Trio, and particularly member Bob Shane. They released it in 1961. A few years later Frank Sinatra heard it on his car radio and was inspired to do his own version, which came out in 1965. Sinatra's version was arranged for an orchestra and featured an oboe opening with the melancholy theme that was whistled and played by an acoustic guitar on The Kingston Trio's original recording.

This lesson mostly looks at the Trio's version where the main guitar accompaniment used simple fingerstyle arpeggios over the unusual chord progression. The progression uses a few different modes, all revolving around 'D' as the tonal center. There is a segment that goes over the theory involved and all five modes involved.