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You’ve Got a Friend (James Taylor) – Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson and TAB

James Taylor







2nd fret

This is the full guitar lesson for You’ve Got a Friend.

Carole King wrote this beautiful song in the early ’70s and the song appears on her album Tapestry. James Taylor’s version was recorded and released as a single shortly after. His version went on to reach the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

If you’d like to learn the actually guitar part for this song, as played on the record, then check out this lesson.

Alright, let’s pick up our guitars and learn how to play You’ve Got a Friend!

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You've Got a Friend Performance

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of You’ve Got a Friend, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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You've Got a Friend Guitar Lesson

There are a few sections to stitch together for this song. There’s the intro, verse, chorus, bridge and the outro to learn, and the song follows the classic structure of intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, outro. Hope you enjoy learning it!

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