Keep the Wolves Away

by Uncle Lucius • Lesson #310 • Jul 10, 2020

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Editor’s notes

Hey friends! Here’s a lesson teaching you how to play the song “Keep the Wolves Away”, the 2012 song from the band Uncle Lucius out of Austin, TX. While I’ll always love the classics, it’s a great feeling to unexpectedly discover new music that catches your ear – which this song definitely did. Musically, this one is simply Bm-D-A-G (two measures each) used for the entire song, with a capo on the 2nd fret. I’ll show you this, demonstrate the strumming, explain the G-riff at the end of each verse, and do a partial playthrough to show you how to play this tune.

This is a song I’ll always associate with being a real gem that YouTube suggesting to me via autoplay (thank you robot). Two different times at two different friends’ houses, while hanging out on back patios – this song was served up on the YouTube music video. Each time it caught my ear, and after this happened recently I knew I wanted to learn it. While the band Uncle Lucius ended their 12-year run recently, it was cool to read up on their legacy in Texas these past 12 years (https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/uncle-lucius-bids-a-final-farewell/).

Timestamps for this video lesson:

  • 0:00 Lesson overview
  • 2:04 Basic chord shapes needed
  • 4:37 Strumming & chord progression
  • 8:54 G-riff & verse playthrough
  • 10:57 Farewell

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Chord shapes needed

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