Guitar lesson for

Gone Till November

by Wyclef Jean

Video lesson

This lesson is just for the intro & verse riff!

If you want to learn how to play the entire song, let me know. Right now I’m only teachinig the cool fingerpicking riff you hear at the beginning and in the verse.

Intro and verse fingerpicking riff

To learn how to play this, check out my video lesson or follow the steps further down this page! It can be a lot to chew off all at once.

E –––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–––0–––0–––––––0–|–––0–––0–––––––2–|–3–––––0–––2–2–––|–––0–––0–––––––2–|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––4–2–2–––|–1–––––––1–4–4–––|–––0–––––0–––––0–|–4–––––––4–4–4–––|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––||
      B –|–3–––––3–––2–2–––|–––0–––0–––––––0–|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––||
      G –|–––0–––––0–––––0–|–4–––––––4–2–2–––|–1–––––––1–––––––|–––––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––2–––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Step 1: understand the chord context

Think of an E major position:         But only worry about these strings:

E ––––0–––––                          E ––––0––––
B ––––0–––––                          B ––––0––––
G ––––1–––––                          G ––––1––––    «-- left index finger
D ––––2–––––                          D –––––––––
A ––––2–––––                          A –––––––––
E ––––0–––––                          E ––––0––––

Step 2: Understand the timing (single finger, single string)

E –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––4–4–6–|–7–––––––––6–6–––|–4–––––––––4–4–6–|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      B –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      G –|–7–––––––––6–6–––|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––––––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Step 3: adding E-major chord notes (1st, 2nd, 6th strings)

E –––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––4–4–6–|–7–––––––––6–6–––|–4–––––––––4–4–6–|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      B –|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      G –|–7–––––––––6–6–––|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––––––––|–1–––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––––––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Step 4: adding arpeggios

E –––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––4–4–6–|–7–––––––––6–6–––|–4–––––––––4–4–6–|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––||
      B –|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––||
      G –|–7–––––––––6–6–––|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––––––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Step 5: using more than one string, more than one finger

E –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––2–|–3–––––––––2–2–––|–––––––––––––––2–|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––4–4–––|–––––––––––––––––|–4–––––––––4–4–––|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      B –|–3–––––––––2–2–––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      G –|–––––––––––––––––|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––––––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Step 6: adding arpeggios and bass notes

E –––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––2–|–3–––––0–––2–2–––|–––0–––0–––––––2–|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––4–4–––|–––0–––––––––––––|–4–––––––––4–4–––|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––||
      B –|–3–––––3–––2–2–––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––||
      G –|–––0–––––––––––––|–4–––––––––2–2–––|–1–––––––––––––––|–––––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––––––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Step 7: adding fill notes

Make sure you keep the accent the transition notes, and downplay the fill notes.

E –––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–
B –––––––|–––0–––0–––––––0–|–––0–––0–––––––2–|–3–––––0–––2–2–––|–––0–––0–––––––2–|–
G –1–1–2–|–4–––––––4–2–2–––|–1–––––––1–4–4–––|–––0–––––0–––––0–|–4–––––––4–4–4–––|–
D –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
A –––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–
E –––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–
   + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

      E –|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––|–––––0–––––––––––||
      B –|–3–––––3–––2–2–––|–––0–––0–––––––0–|–––0–––0–––––––––|–––0–––0–––––––––||
      G –|–––0–––––0–––––0–|–4–––––––4–2–2–––|–1–––––––1–––––––|–––––––––––1–1–2–||
      D –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––4–4–––|–2–––––––2–––––––||
      A –|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––||
      E –|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––|–0–––––––––––––––||
           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Good luck!

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