How to Play Windy and Warm – Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

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Hey Guitar Fam. I’m excited to bring you this lesson on the classic fingerstyle guitar song “Windy & Warm” written by John D. Loudermilk. This version is based on Doc Watson’s performances with a couple of my own little twists.

When I was younger, I thought I would never be able to play this song because it sounded so difficult. Well, it took me a long time to get it down, but I think it’s a great example of how setting a goal and working toward it can yield some nice results. There are lots more fingerstyle songs like this coming to the site soon, so keep an eye out for those.

The full TAB/notation is here for you. Take it one tiny piece at a time and practice it SLOWLY! These two tips will help you get it down faster. This is a tough one, so be patient with yourself. Let us know if you have any questions, need any help, or want to schedule a private lesson with me. Good luck! You can do it.

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Zach Hannah says:

I'm a major Doc fan, and am not a guitar player, I'm just a poet. I watched a big part of this video just now for the shared pleasure of learning Doc's handiwork. Thanks for the content. Liked.

chinmay chandraunshuh says:

Thanks for this lesson

slithereen crush says:

thank you for this nice tutorial, btw is that a martin D-18?

Nina Romanenko says:

This looks like a great lesson – looking forward to learning to play this – thanks very much!

Ask_03 says:

sir, did you just leave playing electric guitar

Nylon & Leather says:

Great playing and lesson on this classic song!
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