Guitar lesson for
In Spite of Ourselves
by John Prine • Lesson #437
Hey friends! New lesson today for In Spite of Ourselves, the classic duet between John Prine and Iris DeMent. I’ll start off by showing you campfire chords & strumming, allowing you to play this song even if you’re just getting started with guitar. From there, I’ll pile on a few additional tricks (e.g. strumming with alternate bass notes) before diving headlong into the Travis Picking fingerstyle used in the song’s intro. This passage took me a while to learn, but with time and persistence, I got over the hump! And I’m sure you can learn it just the same. I hope you enjoy!
Video lesson timestamps:
- 0:00 Preview & Lesson Summary
- 0:57 Basic Chord Shapes
- 3:51 Chord Progressions
- 5:51 Strumming Patterns
- 7:50 Alternating Bass Notes
- 13:40 Fingerstyle: Right Thumb
- 19:45 Fingerstyle: Melody Notes
- 23:48 Fingerstyle: Full Tab
- 27:52 Full Playthrough
- 29:38 Tour of my Song Sheet
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Listen to John Prine Play This Song
Live Performance, with Iris DeMent
Learn Any Travis Picking Song, Step by Step
F Chord, Made Easy: 7 Alternatives to the Barred Version
How I Learned to Travis Pick with “Clay Pigeons”
Travis Picking with an Anchored Left-Pinky Finger
F Major Chord with Wrapped Left Thumb (for Fingerstyle & Travis Picking)
Travis Picking vs. “Normal” Fingerstyle
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