Heart Of Gold by Neil Young | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young from the classic Harvest album which was released on February 14, 1972, considered by many as his greatest album.
It was his only single to reach number one in the US. It also reached number one in Canada.
Billboard ranked it as the number seventeen song for 1972.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it number two hundred ninety seven on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
The song, which features backup vocals of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, is one of a series of soft acoustic pieces which were written partly as a result of a back injury.
Unable to stand for long periods of time, Young couldn't play his electric guitar and so returned to his acoustic guitar, which he could play sitting down.
He also played his harmonica during the three instrumental portions, including the introduction to the song.
To me this may be his best song ever. It's stood the test of time and still gets a lot of attention today.
This is a great tune to learn for advanced strummers.
Although there's just four chords in this one, it's not as easy to play as it appears as there's a lot of palm muting going on and to get the "feel" right with the strumming it will definitely take some work.
I had a great time working on this video as it's one of my all time favorite songs. I hope my lesson helps you to play it. Cheers
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