This Heart Of Gold Guitar Lesson may be a bit tricky for some of you because I'm playing the harmonica part on the acoustic. If you play harmonica already, then perhaps you can play it and play rhythm at the same time. And if you can't pick out this harmonica section as I teach you here, then skip it and just play rhythm.
Although Neil Young has released many songs since the debut of this one from the 1972 Harvest album, Heart of Gold was his only #1 in the United States.
Strangely enough Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor were in Nashville that week as guests on the Johnny Carson show which they taped in Nashville back then. Arrangements were made and they sang backup harmony on this song during the recording session.
And another famous musician said in 1985 he didn't care much for the song but he liked Neil Young. That was Bob Dylan.
There are only four chords in this song and it is played in the key of G using the following:
The rhythm on this songs is a down down up down up (chord change) etc as you play thru the intro while you sing. But it does change to all down strokes at the end of some lines in order to capture the song.
There isn't any point in trying to explain how to pick out the harmonica section as it's explained in the lesson, but it's pretty much the same wherever you decide to use it in the song.
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