Guitar lesson for

Gone Till November

by Wyclef Jean  β€’  Lesson #154

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Editor’s notes

In this video I’ll teach you how to play the intro & verse riff of β€œGone Till November” by Wyclef Jean – with tabs. In addition to showing you exactly how to play it, I’ll walk you through step-by-step how to go about learning and practicing this tricky sequence. If you want to hear a lesson for the full song, speak up and let me know!

Video timestamps:

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––––    Β«-- 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 +

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