My Favorite Picture of You
by Guy Clark • Lesson #268 • Nov 29, 2019
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Hey there friends! Here’s a lesson teaching you how to play Guy Clark’s song “My Favorite Picture of You” – which he released on his final studio album in 2013. This is a great song, with Clark describing the circumstances surrounding a spontaneous Polaroid taken of his wife a few decades ago. Musically, this features fingerstyle guitar played in a very casual manner – primarily focusing on a change from A7sus4 => A7 => Dadd6 => D. I’ll explain how to play these chords, and give you plenty of tips on how to go about practicing this chords. In the back part of the lesson, I’ll show you the rough tab of how I play things – should you want to get a bit more advanced with it.
Note, you’ll need a capo on 2nd fret if you want to play along with Guy Clark’s version. Willie Nelson’s 2019 cover of this song uses a capo on the 3rd fret.
Here’s my timestamps for this lesson:
- 0:00 Lesson overview
- 3:08 Chord progression overview
- 5:28 How to play the chords
- 9:03 Playthrough: simple strums
- 12:43 Playthrough: advanced tab
- 20:39 Farewell & final advice
I hope you enjoy! If you’re hungry for more Guy Clark, I also have lessons for these songs:
Thanks all, and enjoy! David Pots.
Guy Clark’s telling of the tale
Here’s a short video of Guy Clark telling the story behind this song – i.e., him and Townes Van Zandt were drinking & acting afool, which lead to Clark’s wife storming out of the house. Where, chance would have it, a friend with a Polaroid camera was waiting. In this video he also performs the song. It’s absolutely not as sharp as the official album cut, but it’s still valuable in that it shows how a very stripped back, solo, and minimal performance of this song can still work. Enjoy!
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