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June 13, 2011


Video: Pat Metheny – The Girl From Ipanema

“People are often surprised to hear that this is one of the first songs I ever learned, but any beginning guitar student knows about the dreaded “F” chord; the first time you are asked to “barre” two strings together with one finger. For me, in that first week of playing the instrument, it was impossible to make my fingers do that. But by leaving the top string open and not doing the barre, you wind up with an F major seventh chord, which somehow I recognized as being the first chord of the tune I had just heard Astrud Gilberto sing with Stan Getz on TV around that time. I actually liked it better than the straight “F” chord anyway!” – Pat Metheny

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  1. Kristine D
    Jul 4 2011

    Wow this is your first you learned to play. When I was a beginner, I only play songs with basic chords A,C,D,E,G then strum like a rockstar! hahah

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