I've Seen All Good People - Your Move | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on "I've Seen All Good People - Your Move" by Yes. From the Yes album released in 1971.
"I've Seen All Good People" is a combination of two separate tracks. The first part is called "Your Move" and that's what I'm covering in this lesson.
I've always really loved this song. It's got a special kind of magic about it. Much of that is from the great lyric and beautiful melody, but also the excellent guitar part played by Steve Howe. On the Wikipedia page for the Yes album it states that the album credits a valachia as the instrument Steve plays on this track. A valachia is a Portuguese twelve string. As it turns out it's actually a laud, a Spanish twelve string. Not that it matters but it has a very unique and delicate sound that I really like.
Steve has it tuned to E-B-E-B-E-G#. Check out this Youtube video of Steve (looking a bit like a mad scientist!) talking about it. He says it's a Portuguese twelve string so who really knows what it is! In my opinion it looks more like a laud than a valachia.
There are a few lessons on YouTube for the intro, but if you try to play it in anything other than the original tuning it just won't sound right.
I tried tuning my guitar to E-B-E-B-E-G#, but wound up breaking my G string! The G and B strings are tuned way up so eventually I tuned everything down a whole step D-A-D-A-D-F#, put a capo on the 2nd fret and that worked beautifully.
I was going to track the part with a Nashville tuned guitar to emulate the twelve strings of the laud, but after double tracking the 6 string, it sounded great so I left it as it is.
This lesson is really about getting the intro right because after that the guitar just plays 4 very simple chords. In my demo, I played the melody and added drums and bass. I go over the melody in the lesson as well, but it's really not difficult, it's just a matter of picking out the notes in the altered tuning.
I really enjoyed working on this song. It has a super positive vibe about it and it put me in a good mood all week!
I hope you get something from the video and that helps you to learn this awesome Yes classic. Cheers
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