How to Play “Old Man” by Neil Young

Every time I say “A Minor” I MEAN ” A Minor 7th”. I make a few other verbal gaffs along the way but I think you’re smart enough to figure out what I mean =)
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25 thoughts on “How to Play “Old Man” by Neil Young

  1. @EricDMyers Actually what I mean is not the D chord, but the D string, so the fourth string. Do you play 4-1-2-1, 4-1-2-1 and then 4-2-1-2?

  2. @TheHeatestInTheSun The D and G string drone is bouncing off the 1st and 2nd string like so D 1-2-1,1-2-1,2-1-2,then D chord – I think that’s what your getting at?

  3. I don’t really get the first part. You play G-B-G and then D, this pattern twice, and then B-G-B-D?

  4. I’m having difficulty ending up with the same rhythm you have for the intro… i feel like it would have been help full if you went through it more in depth and slower. you seemed to just briefly explain it then start jamming.

  5. @drakur31 I hit the D string on the 1 beat of the intro during a couple measures – that’s about it there.

  6. great lesson btw, when you do the intro do you hit the d string after every note you play including the hammer on the g string, also you seem to be playing the high b and e strings together in the melody bit, thanks

  7. great lesson btw, when you do the intro do you hit the d string after every note you play including the hammer on the g string, also you seem to be playing the high b and e strings together in the melody bit, thanks

  8. Good Job – That leg has to go !!! Got me up and running with the song. Very concise !! Great Lesson . Cheers

  9. I’m in a Neil Young tribute band called the My My Hey Heys and had to try to learn the intricacies of this acoustic piece on short notice. Thanks a ton!!!

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