Jealous Guy | acoustic
An acoustic finger-style guitar lesson on "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon from his 1971 album Imagine. This is an absolutely beautiful song and has always been one of my favorites of his.
Although he had a real "tough guy" image and could be a screaming singer, he also wrote some incredibly beautiful melodies. Songs like Because, Love, Oh My Love, and this one are great examples of that.
I never knew until I started researching this tune that it had been written on the Beatles trip to India. They had listened to the Maharishi give a lecture on how we are all children of nature.
After hearing that Paul went off and wrote Mother Nature's Son and John wrote a song called Child Of Nature. This was the beginnings of Jealous Guy.
Listen here for the Beatles mucking around with it during the double white album sessions and here for a demo by John.
It's very strange to hear it this way after listening to Jealous Guy for the last almost 50 years! Of course he re-wrote the lyrics and fine tuned the arrangement before he included it on the Imagine album.
This is my finger-style arrangement. Like a lot of my stuff I like to get as many strings ringing as I can and I tried to do that with this arrangement. A lot of what I like about this tune other than the beautiful melody, is the piano playing of Nicky Hopkins.
His playing on this track is amazing and makes it what it is for me. I tried to get some of his fills and licks in my arrangement.
Anyways, I hope that you enjoy my version of this great old song as much as I enjoyed working on it. Cheers
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