This is a great song for integrating both melodies and strumming together.
This is kind of my own version, mixing together the various different Neil Young rock/acoustic versions
What i’m going to do is provide tab and audio for the main intro riff part which is in 2 main parts:
When playing this live Neil tends to tune down a whole step (D,G,C,F,A,D) for a bassier sound, but not essential
He does the below part twice: (click on the pictures for a bigger view)
Here’s the audio of me playing it for those not great with sightreading!: (i’ve detuned my guitar)
Then there’s the next part (that’s in the Hey,Hey,My,My – into the black version)
Here’s the audio: (again detuned)
Then it goes back to the original riff once before he starts singing.
Here’s both parts together in audio:
In the Into the black version (heavy distorted rock version) the riff just loops round with someone playing the chords underneath.
I’ll reveal the strumming patterns you can use for that in the next blog
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