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Lowell George was one of the best under-the-radar songwriters of the 1970s.  His tune Willin', first recorded by his band Little Feat, went on to become his best known song, mostly due to the many artists who covered it over the years.
This lesson looks at three very different versions, starting with Linda Ronstadt's from her album Heart Like A Wheel, which was done in the key of E. Her version is done in Dropped D Tuning with a capo at the second fret.
We also look at the way Lowell played it in G, using partial chords similar to Paul McCartney's' Blackbird, and Seatrain's version in the Key of A. Their version features unusual use of pedal point–chords changing over the same bass note.