One of the 100 people who shaped our world!
Paul Simon is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as half of the folk-singing duo Simon & Garfunkel and also as a solo artist. In 2006, Time magazine called him one of the one hundred people who shaped 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!
Scarborough Fair – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Scarborough Fair takes full advantage of the II chord by using the extensions sus2, 13 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.
Scarborough Fair – Lyrics
Are 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.
Tenderness – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Huge chords and odd time signatures dominate Tenderness, possibly the most difficult tune the master course has 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.
Tenderness – Lyrics
What 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, beneath your honesty.
Go to Tenderness – Lyrics.