Three Dog Night burst onto the pop scene in 1969 and had a string of hits over the next five years rarely, if ever matched in the music world. The band featured three lead singers, Danny Hutton, Check Negron, and Cory Wells, and all of them contributed to their success. They found great songs from up and coming songwriters like Harry Nillson, Randy Newman, Hoyt Axton, Paul Williams and Laura Nyro to cite just a few. Their songs have been covered countless times and offer lots of great tunes for guitar players to learn and perform. This set of lessons includes One, Easy To Be Hard, Shambala, Never Been To Spain and Out In The Country (my personal favorite). These are all very accessible to most intermediate guitar students.
Lesson 1: One - Three Dog Night - Guitar Lesson
One was the first big hit for Three Dog Night in 1969, setting the tone for another 20 or so great songs. Written by Harry Nillson, their arrangement was mostly piano based with a few guitar embellishments.
This lesson goes into a campfire version played in the key of Em with a capo at the first fret, as well as a piano version using voicings from the recording. That part is played in Dm at the third fret mostly grabbing the chords on three or four strings.
The piano version also incorporates a guitar vamp that is played over the changes with a very unusual rhythmic twist.
The level is based on the guitar version which is done a few different ways, ranging from very easy to intermediate. The piano version is a bit more challenging.
Lesson 2: Shambala by Three Dog Night - Guitar Lesson
This famous song written by the underrated Three Dog Night makes for an amazing test of your guitar abilities.
In particular, the arpeggios that make up this song will challenge you, not because of speed or velocity, but simply because of the mixture of open and closed notes in combination.
In addition, you’ll get a definitive explanation of how to play all the parts necessary to fully recreate this classic song.
Lesson 3: Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night - Guitar Lesson
Easy To Be Hard was part of the Broadway musical Hair, opening off-Broadway in 1967, then moving to Broadway in 1968.
It included many songs that went on to become hits: Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, Hair, and of course, Easy To Be Hard, which became a #4 hit for Three Dog Night in 1969, from their album Suitable For Framing.
It featured vocalist Chuck Negron and a little more complicated chord progression and arrangement than the original cast recording.
This lesson covers some unusual chord voicings, double time strumming and rhythmic changes, and even includes an optional thumb-wrap for a great sounding Cmaj7 chord.
Lesson 4: Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night - Guitar Lesson
Never Been To Spain is a song written by American singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton. It was later recorded by Three Dog Night and appears on their 1971 album ‘Harmony’.
We take a look at a few options for the three major chords in the key of E, the progression, and the guitar fills in the 1st verse.
The main purpose of this lesson is to be a strong rhythm guitar player in general, especially when it’s just you and your guitar.
For that we dive into the basics of double time strumming, including a few variations, and discuss some ideas about how to make it more interesting.
Lesson 5: Out In The Country - Three Dog Night - Guitar Lesson
Three Dog Night was one of the most successful bands around the turn of the 1970s. It basically consisted of three great vocalists, Cory Wells, Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton.
Most of their hits were written by great songwriters of the day, like Paul Williams and Roger Nichol, who penned Out In The Country.
The song opens with a jazzy, syncopated chord progression played with double-time (sixteenth note) strumming.
The chord progression uses a lot of barre chords and some unusual inversions.