Tin Man by America | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Tin Man" by America from their 1974 album Holiday.
Holiday was the first album that was produced for America by the legendary "fifth Beatle" George Martin. America took almost three months to record their previous album "Hat Trick" which they produced themselves, but with George Martin at the helm, "Holiday" was recorded in just sixteen days!
Tin Man is a standout track from the album and was all over the radio back in the day. Like a lot of Dewey Bunnell tunes it's just a handful of chords and mostly just that Gmaj7 to Cmaj7 progression that makes up the bulk of the song.
This is a perfect song to learn for an intermediate type guitar player. The fingering used on the Gmaj7 chord will take a bit of getting used to if you haven't played it before, but it's a great sounding voicing and can be used in all kinds of tunes.
There's a lot of stuff going with the production of this song. There are a lot of vocal parts mixed in throughout, but the bit I like the best is the piano part that was composed and played by George Martin. It's a series of arpeggios on the Gmaj7 and Cmaj7 (Amin9 in the choruses, same chord but with the bass playing an A).
I did it on guitar in my demo. It's a bit tricky to play on guitar and obviously doesn't have the same sound as the piano, but it kind of has a vibe all of it's own! Almost like something Jesse Cook might play.
I had a great time making these videos. I hope you enjoy them and have fun playing this great seventies classic. Cheers
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