Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" by Danny O'Keefe.
It was originally recorded in 1971 for his debut album, but was re-recorded with a slower tempo and released as a single from his 2nd album, O'keefe. It reached number 9 on the billboard charts.
This song wasn't on my radar until I had a request for it. It's another one of those tunes that I'd forgotten about but it's really a great song and has been covered by a lot of people including Elvis and Dwight Yoakam.
My version is a mix of the original recording and a live solo version from 2012.
The guitar part in the original version is quite simple, but live he plays it with a modified Travis pick and adds some embellishments which I go over in detail in the video. It's a bit tricky at first, but with a bit of practice you should be able to get it down fairly quickly.
I really love this song. When the organ plays that Cmaj7 in the chorus on "some gotta lose" and it falls out of time for a bit, it's pure magic! One of the strongest hooks ever recorded IMHO.
Anyways, I had a great time working on this one so I hope that you get something from the lesson and that you enjoy playing this great song. Cheers
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