Are you ready to learn some of the most important singer-songwriter lessons from the legendary Townes Van Zandt?
In this video, you’ll have the opportunity to see 6 vital lessons for anyone who wants to play guitar or write music. So many of these lessons have to do with the “meta” side of playing, rather than the technique.
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Whether you’ve heard of Townes Van Zandt or not, this episode will open you up to new possibilities on your guitar journey. I’ll feature archival interviews with Townes and a whole host of other characters.
By the end of this video, you’ll be filled with inspiration and ideas for your own guitar journey.
Besides taking a deep-dive into Townes Van Zandt’s career, you’ll also get the chance to hear about a Tony’s Acoustic Challenge Family member who is rocking their guitar routine day-in and day-out.
Last but not lease, you’ll get your weekly dose of acoustic guitar news you can use!
Don’t you take it too bad…
“You’re gonna drown tomorrow if you cry too many tears for yesterday “
Are you going away with no words of farewell?
Will there be not a trace left behind?
Well, I could’ve loved you better, I didn’t mean to be unkind
You know that was the last thing on my mind
I think that was Tom Paxton
I love the lyric from Colorado Girl She can bring the Sun to shinin, tell the rain to fall
“…and her ways were free…and it seemed to me…that sunlight walked beside her…”
From Snowing on Raton:
Bid the years goodbye, you cannot still them
You cannot turn the circles of the sun
You cannot count the miles until you feel them
And you cannot hold a lover that is gone
“For The Sake Of The Song” is just about perfect. How could I not know he wrote “The Last Thing On My Mind”? “Tecumsah Valley”, Lord, don’t ask me to pick a second favorite.
Argh!! He didn’t write it. That was Tom Paxton.
The dust that Pancho bit down south ended up in Lefty,s mouth…..there are so many more. Townes is a hero; thanks for profiling him great show
I’ve found that my regular guitar routine has really helped me in improving my skills. Playing every day gives me something to look forward to. I’d be interested in hearing what your guitar routine includes.
Tony – I may not have a great musical ear but I know the sound of a puck being shot in an arena. Is that not what started the little ditty at the end of today’s program! Oh and were you able to make the save 🙂
If 3 & 4 were seven only, where does that leave 1 & 2,
If love can be and still be lonely
where does that leave me and you
His horse was fast as polished steel
Favorite Townes lyric (To live is to fly)
“Days, Up and down they come
Like rain on a conga drum
Forget most, remember some
But don’t turn none away
Everything is not enough
And nothin’ is too much to bare
Where you been is good and gone
All you keep is the gettin’ there”
I never heard of Townes Van Zandt till you mentioned you were going to feature his work on your show. I took the time to look up the sad tale of his life and the great influence he was on a number of artists. I watched his video of Pancho and Lefty with that easy looking finger picking, he does (well, it’s not as easy as it looked). But the hammer ons, reminded me of a daily challenge we recently had. As soon as I heard it I thought, I can do that! I couldn’t pick a favorite quote from the song. But, I am going to learn to finger pick the song. Thanks for introducing me to him.