Our third set of lessons from the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash features three Nash tunes, which usually include basic strumming and chords, although Our House is a guitar transcription of his piano version, making it a bit challenging.
Also included are Crosby’s fingerpicking tune, The Lee Shore, and Stills’ Find The Cost Of Freedom, almost a frailing-style tune strummed and plucked with the right hand.
Lesson 1: Our House - CSNY - Guitar Lesson
Graham Nash has an incredible ability to come up with simple chord progressions, and add poetic lyrics to write beautiful songs. Our House was inspired by a short excursion with Joni Mitchell ending with Graham suggesting that he light a fire while she put flowers in the vase they just bought.
He plays it on the piano in a block chord style with minimal changes. These are not too difficult to transcribe to the guitar and in this lesson we look at a few different ways of doing something similar.
Lesson 2: Right Between The Eyes - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Guitar Lesson
Right Between The Eyes is a lovely little tune, written by Graham Nash, and released on CSN&Y’s 4 Way Street album. It was also included on Nash’s 3-CD box ‘Reflections’, released in 2009.
This lesson covers the progression and arrangement in the key C, using basic open chords in first position only. It features a very common descending bass line, and for that the bass notes need to be picked out individually. Aside from that, the song should be easy enough for any one to tackle.
As a side note, in more recent years, Nash plays it with a slightly different feel, by somewhat flatpicking through the song and capoing on either the 3rd or 4th fret. It is mentioned in the lesson, but not necessarily taught that way.
Lesson 3: The Lee Shore - CSNY - Guitar Lesson
This David Crosby song has been requested and suggested for so long that I finally had to get to it. There are many versions available out there and this lesson follows mostly the one from Four Way Street, although some of David’s variations and attempted variations from other performances are worked in. There are only a few chord shapes but the picking includes a slightly unusual pattern. The lesson starts with a ‘Watch & Listen’ segment for you to decipher as much as you can before going into the specific details and techniques.
Lesson 4: Find The Cost Of Freedom - Guitar Lesson
Find The Cost Of Freedom is a Stephen Stills song that is a staple at concerts by almost all incarnations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The song is played in Double Dropped D Tuning and the rhythm part is really only eight measures long. This lesson goes over the basics but also goes into playing leads over the progression using different modes. It also includes a long, improvised Abstract by Neil that started out as a Play Through for the lesson.
Lesson 5: Just A Song Before I Go - Guitar Lesson
This short lesson on Just A Song Before I Go by Graham Nash will show you everything you need to strum through this beautiful song.