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If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot) – Guitar Lesson

Gordon Lightfoot







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This is the full guitar lesson for If You Could Read My Mind.

This song was written by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in the late ’60s and it’s one of his best known tracks, which is now a timeless classic. The song has two guitars accompanying each other throughout and in this lesson I’ll be teaching you how to play both the parts. 

Alright, let’s start learning how to play If You Could Read My Mind!

Learn To Play If You Could Read My Mind

If You Could Read My Mind (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of If You Could Read My Mind, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.


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If You Could Read My Mind Guitar Lesson (Part One)

In this lesson we learn Lightfoot’s guitar part. The chords are relatively straightforward but it is quite intricate in the picking hand at times so, as always, just take your time with it.

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If Your Could Read My Mind - Accompanying Guitar Lesson

Let’s now learn how to play the accompanying guitar. The main role of this part is to fill in the space between Lightfoot’s vocals and also compliments the songs. It’s reasonably tricky to play at times but a tonne of fun once mastered.

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