Below is the lesson for “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young.
I’ve always loved this song as its lush harmony and melody perfectly encapsulates the feeling of everlasting romance. From a fingerpicking standpoint, this song ranks at a seasoned beginner level. While it may not be difficult to play, there is one element that is difficult to do… and that is: “Playing with feeling”. So what does that mean and how do we do it?
As a love song, we need to relay that emotion in our playing. One way to achieve this is by fingerpicking with a soft, light touch. Therefore, a lot of thought should go into “how you are playing the notes and chords” vs. focusing on ONLY playing the correct notes and chords. If you are new to this concept, check out this lesson.
Another concept you can focus on is to increase your sustain. We want this piece to flow elegantly from one note or chord to the next. Therefore, you want to make sure that each note sustains for its entire duration. If you are new to this concept, check out this lesson.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson