Below is the lesson for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman.
A classic Disney / Pixar movie tune, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” contains great melodies with a swung eighth note feel. This arrangement is a finger-picking boot camp of a song! The intro/outro is the most difficult part, mainly bar one. It utilizes a box shape (frets 1-4, each finger gets its own fret) and requires right hand muting to dampen the second string from ringing out after the triplet run. Work the song slowly, 2 bars at a time, until up to speed (120bpm). This tune is worth the practice for the nostalgic trip down childhood memory lane!
Part 1 – Performance