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Harvest Moon By Neil Young

This Harvest Moon by Neil Young is one or two sections showcasing Neil Young song you can easily learn on the acoustic guitar.

This page is the first twelve songs with free samples, chord sheets, rhythm tips and more.

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1. After The Goldrush

This song hails from the album of the same name from 1970. The song was never released as a single but was covered by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt on their Trio album.

Natalie Merchant, KD Lang and Patti Smith have also covered this song. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a 1-2-3 arpeggio up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A, Bm, C
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2. Cinnamon Girl

In 1969 Neil Young put out his debut album with his band Crazy Horse and this song was one of the releases from the album "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere". This song was one of three singles from the album and Neil was battling the flu at the time of writing. 

The song reached #55 in the US and #34 in Australia.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat with various accents and downstrokes when blending in riffs
  • Picking: Yes into the rhythm
  • Chords: D, F, G, Am, C, Am7, Dm
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3. Comes A Time

This song was also from the 1978 album of the same name but this one was released as a single. Apparently the original mix of this album was unsatisfactory due to a master tape being damaged during shipment, but a master copy was fine.

So Neil purchased 200,000 copies of that first batch and used them a shingles on a barn roof. He-remixed the version which most have heard today.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, Bm, D, Am, F
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4. Cowgirl In The Sand

Cowgirl In The Sand hails from the same 1969 album as Cinnamon Girl above and that is the "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere"album. 

CSNY have covered this song as have The Byrds.

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up, up down up down down up and repeat , there are accent changes as well which you'll have to feel out
  • Picking: Yes within the rhythm
  • Chords: Am, F, C, G, Dm, Em, Fmaj7
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5. Don't Let It Bring You Down

This song also hails from the 1970 "After The Goldrush" album. but the song was never released as a single but has been covered by more than a dozen artists.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes 
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: a steady down down up down up down - down up down up down up and repeat with some chops in the rhythm
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, C/F, C, G, G6, D/A#, Am7, G7, Em
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6. Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds was recorded by Neil Young back in 1978 for his "Comes A Time" album. 

Four Strong Winds and Comes A Time were the only two singles from this album. It peaked at #18 in Canada and #57 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: C, Dm, G, F

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7. Harvest

Harvest as a 1972 album released by Neil Young and contained this song of the same name. This particular track was not released as a single but the album shot to the top of the Billboard Charts as best selling album of 1972.

Neil wanted the album jacket to be biodegradable after the shrink wrap came off, but he was over-ruled by the record company due to the extra costs.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G, Bm, E7
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8. Harvest Moon

This song was also from the "Harvest Moon" album released back in 1992. The peaked in Canada at #5 but never charted in the US but reached #36 in the UK.

The song was a tribute to his late wife Pegi. Linda Ronstadt sang backup vocals on this track.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: yes ... and this has harmonics which are tricky
  • Chords: D, G, Em, Dmaj7, D/B, A, A7 
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9. Heart Of Gold

Make sure you grab the Neil Young guitar chords for his only #1 hit song.

James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt both sang backup on this track.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes within the rhythm
  • Chords: Em, D, C, G
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10. Helpless

Neil Young wrote this song but it was released in 1970 while he was part of Crosby Stills Nash and Young from their "Deja Vu" album.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G
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11. Hey Hey My My

This song hails from the 1979 album "Rust Never Sleeps" and was the only single release from the album.

The song peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with some riffs
  • Picking: Yes within the rhythm
  • Chords: Am, G, Fmaj7, C, Em
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12. Human Highway

This can be found on the 1978 "Comes A Time" album. Young presented the song a few years earlier to CSNY but apparently they didn't want to record it.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, Em, D, Bm
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13. (In The) Days That Used To Be

This song is on the 1990 album "Ragged Glory".

The song was never released as a single and the album peaked at #31 on Billboard.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up will work - few place where a double downstroke can be used
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, Bm, G6, Am, D, D/Gb, Em, F
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