This set of songs includes 4 from Simon & Garfunkel’s 1968 album Bookends and one of his later classics. Most Paul Simon songs include really interesting guitar parts and licks or riffs. Punky’s Dilemma has a light jazzy feel, A Hazy Shade Of Winter features a driving, rock riff, Bookends includes an instrumental melody based on 6ths, At The Zoo starts with a standard fingerpicking pattern before turning into a nice strumming tune, and Father And Daughter opens with a great descending lick.
1. Punky’s Dilemma
2. A Hazy Shade Of Winter
4. At The Zoo
5. Father & Daughter
Lesson 1: Bookends - Guitar Lesson
Bookends is a short song that was the second half of a medley with Old Friends, by Paul Simon and is from the Simon & Garfunkel album called Bookends. The album also included America and a bunch of other great tunes. This is really a guitar instrumental, although there are two short verses sung over the guitar part. It is done with a capo at the fourth fret using pairs of notes a sixth apart, along with a couple of simple chords.
Lesson 2: At The Zoo
At The Zoo is a very short, but infectious Paul Simon song that first appeared on Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 album Bookends. It opens with some light fingerpicking before settling in to a basic strumming progression using just a few chords. The lesson goes over the chords, the picking, and particularly transitioning from picking to strumming and back smoothly.
Lesson 3: Punky's Dilemma
Punky's Dilemma is a short ditty by Paul Simon that has "no social significance", according to the author. However, it is a fun song to play. It features some jazzy chords and rhythm patterns, even including a couple challenging time signature changes. The studio version was played with a capo at the fourth fret using chord shaoes in the key of C, making it in the absolute key of E.
The original was released on Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 album Bookends, but there are also some vintage live versions out there that are very entertaining. Most of those have the capo at the fifth fret but anyone playing it should move the capo to the most comfortable key for the singer.
Lesson 4: A Hazy Shade Of Winter - Simon And Garfunkel - Guitar Lesson
Simon & Garfunkel’s 1968 album, Bookends included A Hazy Shade Of Winter, as song also released as a single.
It is unusual for Paul Simon songs to start of with a riff but that is what we have here. He plays it very simple in concert, basic strumming on a 2-string guitar.
This lesson covers the Campfire approach, as well as a much more difficult version incorporating multiple guitar parts, and even a little bass.
Lesson 5: Father And Daughter - Paul Simon - Guitar Lesson
Paul Simon wrote Father And Daughter for his then 7-year old, Lulu. It was first released in 2002 as part of the soundtrack for The Wild Thornberries Movie.
It was remixed for his 2006 album Surprise. The song opens with a cascading descent of notes from the pentatonic scale, then settles in to a nice, percussive groove.
This lesson does not go over what Paul usually plays, which is basic and usually inaudible in the mix. Instead it combines the progression with the bass part and percussive fingerpicking to be a solid solo accompaniment, although somewhat challenging.
The lesson also includes a short solo section, based on the way it is played live.