Calico Skies by Paul McCartney | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Calico Skies" by Paul McCartney from the “Flaming Pie” album released May 5th, 1997.
The story goes that Paul was caught in New York during hurricane Bob in 1991. There was a power cut where he was staying so the acoustic guitar came out and he wrote Calico Skies. It was recorded in a single session produced by George Martin.
On the original recording he's tuned a half step down but for my lesson I was in standard tuning. He strums this the same way he strums all of his acoustic finger picking type songs. It's sort of a pinch/strum technique using just the thumb and first finger that he made famous with Blackbird, Rocky Racoon, Jenny Wren, Mother Nature's Son and many others. I go over it in detail in the lesson.
It's a great guitar piece and even without the singing is fun to play. I've been meaning to make this lesson for a few years so I'm glad I finally got around to it! I always love working on McCartney's' tunes. His talent as a composer is truly off the charts. When you think of the number of quality songs he's written, it really is incredible.
I hope you enjoy the lesson and have fun playing this great song.
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