The Seeker – The Who – Guitar riffs

How I play some of the guitar riffs from The Seeker by the Who. This is NOT a note-for-note transcription. It’s just the way I play it when messing around on my acoustic, which is a Washburn Woodstock Studio A. There are two parts to the video: (1) I play some of the guitar parts; (2) I go through things more slowly to show you the fingerings in a voiceless lesson. Sorry, NO TABS.

Ricky Nelson – Garden Party 1985 Released 1971 Eric Hilliard “Ricky” Nelson, later known as Rick Nelson (May 8, 1940 December 31, 1985), was an American singer, musician, and actor. (together with The Stone Canyon Band) I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends A chance to share old memories and play our songs again When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name No one recognized me, I didn’t look the same But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well. See you can’t please everyone so you got to please yourself People came from miles around, everyone was there Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air ‘n’ over in the corner, much to my surprise Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan’s shoes wearing his disguise But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well. See you can’t please everyone so you got to please yourself lott-in-dah-dah, lot-in-dah-dah-dah Played them all the old songs, thought that’s why they came No one heard the music, we didn’t look the same I said hello to “Mary Lou”, she belongs to me When I sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well. See you can’t please everyone so you got to please yourself lot-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah) lot-in-dah-dah-dah Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode Playing guitar like a-ringin’ a bell and lookin’ like he should If you gotta play at garden parties, I wish you a lotta luck But if memories were all I sang, I’d rather
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49 thoughts on “The Seeker – The Who – Guitar riffs

  1. Vonhasselbach — this is a terrific breakdown. Thank you for taking the time to demonstrate for those of us less gifted. Townshend’s guitar work is not always easy to figure out — it’s the little things (like the susp5 thrown in on the E chord) that one tends to miss. Great right hand flourishes, by the way.

  2. Your mother never told you “If you don’t have anything nice to say keep your mouth shut”? Really? Really 05577374394839575793? REALLY? It is so sad to know there are numerals like you on this planet. Von Hasselbach – YOU ROCK and I should know, have been playing guitar for >30 years and in several bands over that time. Ignore douches like this numeral.

  3. Never would have thought of thumb over technique for this song. Nicely done. Excellent strumming by the way – Pete’s not the easiest to do!

  4. Wow, well done, and thanks because I’ve never quite figured this out, you really got the spirit of it.

  5. honestly pete townsend doesnt really play like this to me, the chords, yes. but the way he plays when could never be the same as old pete

  6. IMO the most valuable lesson on that great tune. You are gifted as guitarist and as teacher

  7. hey douchebag,

    you can’t learn to play it if you’re not taught. ever given a guitar to someone who’s never played before, and told them to play “from their heart”? doesn’t go very well, does it?

    it’s an amazing song, so don’t diss people for looking up how to play it.

  8. Hey nerds, you play rock from your heart not from tabs. I’ll bet Pete would rather play with vonhasselbach than the dorks studying every nuance of every note from a particular recording. Pete himself doesn’t even play it the same twice.

  9. Great job but it seems incredibly hard to play when you do a supersonic speed change of chords from G to D it seems.
    There must be a simpliest way to play this, even in standard tuning. But I’m not a pro. It’s just that it’s seems to me that Townshend and others use different chords. What do you think ?
    Great job anyway !

  10. Excellent song and a fantastic talent, R.I.P.. Funny thing as I read through the posts the thing that struck me the most is, “He got better looking with age.” Actually he did. LOL. Funny as we look at faces throiugh out life we start to understand people seem to go two ways, they either get ugly as they age (sorry it’s true) or they get better looking, almost like the confidence they radiate keeps them young and beautiful. Just an observation so do not shoot me….Ghost!

  11. I swear to God, if they ever make a movie about Ricky, they need to get Charlie Sheen to play him.

  12. What an underrated talent. He was a child TV star. Teen rock idol. Sold 30,000,000, But foremost was a great entertainer, and instrumental in starting Country Rock before Buffalo Springfield or Poco. Rick went way beyond “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”.

  13. if it’s possible the guy got better lookin with age
    at his age there, he was better lookin than 99.99% of the rest of us

  14. This is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. Rick wrote, and recorded it as a protest of his appearance in “Madison Square Garden” in 1969. All the fans wanted him to sing “Mary Lou” and “Poor Little Fool” . Rick had changed his attire, hair style, and was no longer “The Teen Idol”. Since they wouldn’t accept his new music, he walked off the stage. His last words,”But if memories are all I have, I’d rather drive a truck”. Ironically he was referring to what Elvis did before he got popular.

  15. Rick Nelson is ALWAYS ALIVE & WELL with his FANS.
    Thanks so much for EVERYTHING,MISTER NELSON…:)WE LOVE YOU out here in AMERICA!

  16. Im 21 and you will always be my favorite singer.. I will pass your music around to everyone I know and I will surely introduce you to my children and there children..music just isnt the same without you <3 rip

  17. Ricky Nelson was my heartbreak as a kid ~ I wrote to him & he even answered it.

    Did you know he was married to Chris Harmon ~ Mark Harmon’s (NCIS Star) brother-in-law?

    His father-in-law was the famous sports caster Tom Harmon ~ from Beverly Shores, IN.

    It’s a shame he died so young ~ 24/7

  18. Ricky Nelson was my heartbreak as a kid ~ I wrote to him & he even answered it.

    Did you know he was married to Chris Harmon ~ Mark Harmon’s (NCIS Star) brother-in-law?

    His father-in-law was the famous sports caster Tom Harmon ~ from Beverly Shores, IN.

    It’s a shame he died so young ~ 24/7

  19. So True & yet so simple. You will spend a lot of time and a frustration trying to please people, who may not need to be pleased. Please yourself and you will be saved, trying to please others you will be damned forever because you won’t & everyone’s a critic.

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