Crazy On You INTRO by Heart | acoustic
Here's my lesson on the acoustic guitar intro to "Crazy On You" by Heart, played by Nancy Wilson.
Crazy On You is from the Dreamboat Annie album which was released in 1975 in Canada and in the US in 1976. It's one of Heart's biggest songs and while I like the song, it's always been the acoustic intro that I've been the most interested in.
Here's a quote from Nancy on how she come with the piece:
"So, I sat down for a couple of days and I wanted to access – there was that song called “Anji” on one of the Paul Simon albums. An instrumental acoustic. And I knew I wanted something like that. A lot of times when you write songs, you’re sort of imitating something that you already really love. But you make it your own by the end of the day."
Nancy Wilson is a very good guitar player and although this piece is only around forty seconds long, there are a number of techniques that you have to have under your belt to be able to play it. The most important is the ability to hybrid pick which is done throughout the song.
Other than the hybrid picking, the toughest part of the piece is how fast it is! But like all guitar parts, if you play it super slow until you get it in your head and under your fingers, when you speed up your muscle memory will keep you on track.
Check out this Youtube video of Nancy teaching the song. While watching her video is a great starting point, it's more about explaining the concepts involved than it is a detailed note for note lesson.
In my video, I'm attempting to show you exactly what's on the original recording as best as I can.
I hope you enjoy the video, and that it helps you to learn this classic acoustic piece. Cheers
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