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Father And Son Cat Stevens Easy Guitar Lesson

in Guitar Songs to Learn | 14 comments

Download the Lyrics and chord changes below…

>>Father And Son Lyrics and chord changes 

In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to play the classic Cat Stevens song, Father and Son. I'm going to break it down for you step-by-step and we're going to have a lot of fun.

To start off I’ll give you a sample of what it's going to sound like.

Then we’ll break it down in this order…

1) Let's start off with the intro

2) Introducing Am7/G

3) Combined this with to note lick

4) Now let's go over the chords for the song. I think it's important to see the pattern he's using for this song. The entire song is made up an 8 bar phrase.

5) First 8 bar phrase: G-D-C-Am7-G-Em-Am-D

This is the chord pattern for the entire song, with the exception of a couple of small variations. I think it's best to learn this 8 bar phrase and then the variations where they're needed.

7) I go over chords; starting with a simple strum (2 down strums).

8) Add new strum: down - down/up - down

9) Next, we’ll combine the Intro and the first verse

10) Variation at end of the first section

11) Introducing the Bm chord for the second section

Finally, I’ll put it all together and give you a chance to play along

Thank you for joining me in this lesson. Wherever you're watching this video please scroll down and leave me a comment. I look forward to seeing you again soon.


Download the Lyrics and chord changes below…

>>Father And Son Lyrics and chord changes 

Tomas Michaud

Author - Tomas Michaud at Real Guitar Success
Tomas Michaud is an American born guitarist and music educator with a French Canadian heritage. He first developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982 when his 9 year old daughter asked him to teach her guitar. Since then he’s founded the Starland School of Music in the SF Bay Area, and RealguitarSuccess.com.

When he's not making guitar instruction videos or creating more music to record (currently 7 CDs including Beauty and Fire) he's riding his bike along the beach with his dog Marco Polo or traveling to interesting places with his lovely wife Pui.
Tomas Michaud

    14 Comments

  1. I LOVE THIS SONG! THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL!!

    Livvie

    April 30, 2019

    • You’re welcome Livvie. I love this song too. -Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      May 2, 2019

  2. Thanks for all the work you did over the years in helping people learn how to play guitar!

    Bill

    May 2, 2019

    • You’re welcome Bill. It’s nice to know my work is appreciated. – Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      May 2, 2019

  3. Great lesson Tomas…You should do many more . Loved it. You break everything down and make it easy and fun to learn.

    Kind Regards,

    Charles

    Charles

    May 2, 2019

    • I’m glad you liked it Charles. -Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      May 6, 2019

  4. Great Tomas, it was cristal clear explained and on a rithm that even I ( on my 62 years ) can understand and follow it well
    Greetings from Jacques Belgiumj

    Jacques

    May 4, 2019

    • Thanks Jacques. -Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      May 6, 2019

  5. Hi Tomas, Thanks for the tutorial! I will use this with your Being Young lesson at RGS.

    Pat

    May 5, 2019

    • Great idea Pat. I just put a link on the Being Young lesson so you can go back and forth easily. In June I’ll add a Play-Along lesson to practice the chord changes. -Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      May 6, 2019

  6. Tomas this one of my favourite songs. I had some guitar tab but yours is by far the best and far easier. I’m a big Cat Stevens fan but have struggled with some of his songs and now you have produced what I think is a great version. All I’ve now got to is learn and practice.

    A big thanks

    Alun. (from Wales in the UK)

    Alun Williams

    May 5, 2019

    • You’re very welcome Alun. -Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      May 6, 2019

  7. WOW!!!! It has been so much better getting to play and what a great song to learn. You are the master at teaching and making it look so easy. I almost gave up, now I am Confident in you to show the way. Also practice, practice and again amazing progress with you and other teachers have told me it is a waste of their time. Thank you very much I am truly happy with my progress, yet I do need more time due to injuries suffered in battle. William.

    william phillips

    May 9, 2019

    • Thanks for commenting and your kind words William. I wish you the best.
      – Tomas

      Tomas Michaud

      June 8, 2019

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