Leonard Cohen - Guitar
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Leonard Cohen is a survivor from the 1960s songwriter scene, and after a few ups and downs he is back on tour, and doing very well. Like James Taylor, he is still getting better with the passage of time, and this is the best band he's ever had, fantastic musicians that really bring the songs alive. Famous Blue raincoat is one of my favourite songs, and this is a great performance. Using a nylon-string guitar, playing in 3/4 time (waltz time) and fingerpicking are all important elements in creating the Leonard Cohen guitar sound. A typical picking pattern on Am could be (string numbers)
5 4 32 4 32 4 Thumb does low A (5) and play 3,2 together. Count 1,2,3,1,2,3
In my new hub Guitar Chords lesson - Leonard Cohen there is some more info on his guitar style.
Famous Blue Raincoat live
I also like Winter Lady which uses a similar picking style - Suzanne, Coming back to you and would recommend the Jennifer Warnes album of Cohen covers, which has many great tracks. Including the one above, a brilliant version.
Some of the things I like in this song: the letter format in which it's written makes it seem very personal, and it's even signed at the end! Also the shift between verse and chorus, minor to relative major key (Am to C) Plus, it really creates an atmosphere. On the recent tour (let's call it The Pension Fund Tour) Leonard is playing a Godin nylon-string guitar, maybe because it's made in Canada,maybe because it just sounds good.
Jennifer Warnes versions
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