James Taylor Teaches You to Play “Carolina in My Mind,” “Fire and Rain” & Other Classics on the Guitar

Some days you’d think that Salman Khan was the only per­son who had the bright idea of putting tuto­ri­als on YouTube. But, if you’re an ama­teur gui­tarist, you know bet­ter. You know that gui­tarists have been post­ing free lessons on YouTube since Day 1, teach­ing new­bies how to buy an acoustic gui­tartune it by earstrum it, and play chord pro­gres­sions. And, what’s more, you can find clips that will read­i­ly teach you how to play your favorite tunes, whether it’s Bob Dylan’s Love Minus Zero/No Lim­it or Led Zep­pelin’s Kash­mir.

Think you just hit pay dirt? Well, it gets even bet­ter.

You can take lessons straight from James Tay­lor, the singer-song­writer him­self. On his YouTube chan­nel/web site, Tay­lor demon­strates how to file your nails, tune your gui­tar, and then start play­ing his clas­sic songs. Fire and Rain? JT has that cov­ered. Car­oli­na in My Mind? That too. And also Enough To Be On Your WaySec­ond Wheel, Lit­tle Wheel, and Coun­try Road. Stick around for a while and you might get “Some­thing in the Way She Moves” next.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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Jim­my Page Tells the Sto­ry of “Kash­mir”

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  • Great site Dan.…love play­ing with James Taylor!…will view more of your site.thanks, AJ

  • Joe Jackson says:

    Just found this site..had been work­ing on this song today and try­ing to nail that lit­tle D riff and the chord pro­gres­sion. This tuto­r­i­al is great. Can’t wait to see more.

  • bgk says:

    as a gui­tar new­bie of 50 plus years old, all i can say is
    and as a car­oli­na native, maybe one day i will learn an easy ver­sion of this song.
    Thanks for shar­ing, and for all your great music.
    I raise my glass and toast your music

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