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Paul Simon

Paul Simon is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel and also as a solo artist. In 2006, Time magazine called him one of the one hundred people who shape our world.

Paul Simon’s hits are many including Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, You Can Call Me Al, The Boxer, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson and Graceland.

However, he has created some incredible songs that never became massive hits. Tenderness is such an example.

Tenderness is not just an awesome song, it’s a proper test for understanding musical harmony as seemingly every trick in the book has been applied here! I spend several lessons dissecting the song in the master course.


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Chords

Scarborough FairScarborough Fair takes full advantage of the II chord by using the extensions sus2, 6, and sus4, ending up with a Dorian sounding composition.

It would be impossible to play Scarborough Fair using different shapes as the incorporated open strings give the arrangement its distinctive sound.

Go to Scarborough Fair chords.


Lyrics

Scarborough FairAre you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

Go to Scarborough Fair lyrics.


Chords

TendernessHuge chords and odd time signatures dominate Tenderness, possibly the most difficult tune Spytunes have to offer.

The harmonic landscape is so huge in this relatively unknown Paul Simon tune it will take a while to get to grips with every section.

Go to Tenderness chords.


Lyrics

TendernessWhat can I do, what can I do
Much of what you say is true
I know you see through me
But there’s no tenderness

Go to Tenderness lyrics.


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