Lucky Man by Emerson, Lake & Palmer | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play “Lucky Man” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer from their self-titled debut album released in 1970.
In honor of Keith Emerson’s tragic passing I thought I would do a lesson on Lucky Man as a tribute to a phenomenal musician and showman.
Like a lot of people, it’s the acoustic songs of Greg Lake that I like most about Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s music, and this one, along with “From the Beginning”, “Still, You Turn Me On”, and “C’est La Vie” are a few of my favorites.
Although this tune was written by Greg Lake (when he was just 12 years old!) Keith Emerson’s moog solo at the end is a real highlight of the record.
It was done in just one take!
In this lesson I’ll show you how to play both acoustic parts from the original recording as well as a couple of different ways to play it in a simplified “campfire version”.
As with most of Greg Lake’s songs, this one is all arpeggios.
The guitar part in the right channel is quite tricky to pull off in time, without lagging or rushing.
Here's a link to a youtube video of Greg explaining how this tune came about. Really interesting: Lucky Man Interview.
I really enjoyed working on this tune.
I hope you enjoy the video and have fun playing this great old classic. Cheers
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