Crosby, Stills & Nash came together from three already successful bands. Their combination of skills and abilities, not to mention great songwriting, continues to bring us great songs, melodies, harmonies, and challenging guitar parts to this day.
Volume 2 includes three David Crosby songs, two in alternate tunings, as well as two Graham Nash songs that are generally a little easier for students to tackle.
Lesson 1: Deja Vu - Guitar Lesson
*Déjà Vu*is another David Crosby tune that uses the EBDGAD (Em11) Tuning, like the one used in Guinnevere. This one opens with a cross-picked intro before settling into a series of colorful chords that are mostly strummed, in an improvising manner. Translation: We don’t talk about strumming specifics, just a few thoughts about keeping a steady rhythm but creating a mysterious mood, as called for in the song.
Lesson 2: Triad Guitar Lesson
David Crosby wrote *Triad*while he was still a member of the Byrds but it was a bit risqué for them at the time. It was originally released by The Jefferson Airplane on Crown Of Creation but David continued to play it live at Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concerts. His version first appeared on 4 Way Street, from their 1970 tour. This short lesson shows the chords and fills that accompany this haunting tune.
Lesson 3: Guinnevere - Guitar Lesson
A feature of many David Crosby tunes is the use of altered tunings. *Guinnevere*is an great example of how he changes the pitch of a few strings, starts messing around with chord shapes and sounds, adds a somewhat abstract melody with complex harmonies, and creates beautiful music. The tuning is EBDGAD and uses an arpeggio-style picking pattern over some fairly simple, but unusual chord shapes. He also is never concerned with playing anything exactly the same way twice, and as such recreates each song every time he plays it. We take that approach in this lesson and start with some specific patterns but look at changing and varying them on the fly.
Lesson 4: Teach Your Children - Guitar Lesson
Graham Nash is a master songwriter of tunes that require only some basic guitar techniques but ones that are really fun to play and sing. Teach Your Children is a classic example of this. The song is a 3-chord progression in the key of D, with a step out into a 4th chord in the chorus. A simple country-style strumming pattern is all that is necessary to make this a great song for beginners to sit around the campfire and play with friends.
Lesson 5: Marrakesh Express - Guitar Lesson
*Marrakesh Express*was written by Graham Nash and appeared on the CSN album in 1969. It is a relatively simple strumming song, although it moves along. It uses a couple of unusual chord voicings in the beginning, derived from a ‘D’ shape moved up the neck, but other than that it is standard chords, mostly in the key of G and a lot of fun to play.