The Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers (Live) - OFFICIAL - YouTube

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The intro casually noodles, then fires up into an ardent gallop that supports and then is overshadowed by the lead guitar riff.

One of the most influential Rock tracks – arguably the first Psychedelic Rock song. It certainly was the first psychedelic hit.

Keith Richards was (admittedly) a hardcore heroin addict for years, and so was his close friend, country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons – the Harvard-educated southerner who steeped Richards in the Bakersfield-style country music that produced the genre-bending sound of “Dead Flowers.”

This is originally a Rolling Stones song, but my heart belongs to the Townes Van Zandt cover of it heard in the final scene of The Big Lebowski. At the time I learned this song, the Townes Van Zandt version could only be found on YouTube – it isn’t on any of the streaming music services. I implore you to listen to his version to hear the source material I’m trying to emulate.

Now, I cannot play the guitar in the style that Townes Van Zandt can. He’s doing some very intricate Travis-style fingerpicking. I’m doing a bit of a hybrid between strumming and some accented melodic picking (with my pick). So, all my tabs below are based on my attempt to play like him – though again, it’s in that very different style. I wanted to note all of this before getting to the lesson.

For the F, you have a few additional options to simplify the chord. Do what works for you. I honestly play the Fmaj7 (xx321x) most of the time. This lets you do the main riff hammer-on a bit easier – more on that later. Play what you like.

The intro casually noodles, then fires up into an ardent gallop that supports and then is overshadowed by the lead guitar riff.

One of the most influential Rock tracks – arguably the first Psychedelic Rock song. It certainly was the first psychedelic hit.

Keith Richards was (admittedly) a hardcore heroin addict for years, and so was his close friend, country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons – the Harvard-educated southerner who steeped Richards in the Bakersfield-style country music that produced the genre-bending sound of “Dead Flowers.”

This is originally a Rolling Stones song, but my heart belongs to the Townes Van Zandt cover of it heard in the final scene of The Big Lebowski. At the time I learned this song, the Townes Van Zandt version could only be found on YouTube – it isn’t on any of the streaming music services. I implore you to listen to his version to hear the source material I’m trying to emulate.

Now, I cannot play the guitar in the style that Townes Van Zandt can. He’s doing some very intricate Travis-style fingerpicking. I’m doing a bit of a hybrid between strumming and some accented melodic picking (with my pick). So, all my tabs below are based on my attempt to play like him – though again, it’s in that very different style. I wanted to note all of this before getting to the lesson.

For the F, you have a few additional options to simplify the chord. Do what works for you. I honestly play the Fmaj7 (xx321x) most of the time. This lets you do the main riff hammer-on a bit easier – more on that later. Play what you like.

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The intro casually noodles, then fires up into an ardent gallop that supports and then is overshadowed by the lead guitar riff.

One of the most influential Rock tracks – arguably the first Psychedelic Rock song. It certainly was the first psychedelic hit.

Keith Richards was (admittedly) a hardcore heroin addict for years, and so was his close friend, country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons – the Harvard-educated southerner who steeped Richards in the Bakersfield-style country music that produced the genre-bending sound of “Dead Flowers.”


Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones song) - Wikipedia

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