how to play "Baby Blue" on guitar by Badfinger | acoustic guitar lesson tutorial

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Published on 23 February 2016
Please help support my lessons by donating here: Facebook: Here's the link to the electric lesson: Here’s the link to the Wikipedia article on Badfinger. They might be the most tragic band of all time… An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play the acoustic rhythm guitar parts to “Baby Blue” by Badfinger from the “Straight Up” album released in 1971. In the video I’ll show you how I think he played it on the record, then I’ll show you a much easier way to do it with a capo on the 4th fret. I’ll also show you a combined electric/acoustic “campfire” version, for those who just want to play it on an acoustic guitar but include all the licks. Baby Blue has always been one of my all-time favorite tracks. For me, it’s the perfect pop record. It has a certain magic about it. It has that sort of Phil Spectre “Be My Baby” groove to it, but it takes it a step further with the brilliant melodies and harmonies. I was happy when it re–emerged in the final episode of Breaking Bad, it fit that so well. Badfinger were such an excellent band. Pete Ham’s writing was amazing. No Matter What, Day After Day, and Without You are just total classics. The “Straight Up” album was produced in part by George Harrison, although he had to abandon it to put together the concert for Bangladesh. He hired Todd Rundgren to take over production duties. With these kind of folks involved you can see why some of these songs have stood the test of time. I had a really great time working on the demo and doing the lesson for this song. When you break them down, you realize what great musicians these guys were. The drumming on this track is excellent, and it’s no surprise that it’s very Ringo influenced. Also the bass playing is great, again very Paul McCartney like and of course the electric rhythm guitar part is a classic and apart from the actual melody, it really makes the song. I hope you find the lesson useful and I hope you have fun playing this great song. I get a lot of questions about my sound so here's what I'm using: The guitar I'm playing here is a Taylor 214ce koa deluxe. I really like this guitar, it intonates amazingly well and its tone is very balanced. It's also very easy to play. The strings are Elixir phosphor bronze 12-53 with nanoweb coating. These strings are a little bit more expensive, but for me they easily last 4-5 times longer than non-coated strings. Folks may be surprised at how much time and effort goes into creating these videos. If you're getting something out of the lessons and can afford to contribute, I've setup a Paypal link. If you can't afford it no worries, but if you can, any amount is appreciated and will help me to continue to make the videos. PayPal: Thanks for all the comments, and questions and of course for subscribing. A special thanks to all of you that have contributed financially by making a donation! I really appreciate the support. Good luck to everyone with their guitar playing. cheers

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