Thursday, May 20, 2010

Guitar Workshop: Classical Gas

This is a song I learned when I was in high school. It came out in 1968, by a classical guitarist/folksong writer named Mason Williams. It was a great song, and when I found the tablature in Guitar Player, I realized that it wasn't that complicated.

Looks complicated, though, doesn't it?

This selection underscores the importance of regular practice. Watch this guy in the second clip. The left-hand fingering is very straightforward relative to the intermediate player. It's the right-hand that makes the difference, and even that is basically 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2, 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2, and so on.

There are two examples of tablature available, both at, and Or, you can get the official score at

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