Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle
Learn how to play Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle note-for-note on guitar.
Difficulty level: Easy to intermediate. Capo’d high up the neck so it can feel a little weird even though the chords are easy.
Barre chords: No
Thumb over chords: No
Playing Style: Fingerpicked with finger strums
This preview video contains the introduction taken from the complete lesson for the song Cat’s In The Cradle.
The complete song lesson contains a lesson video, a performance play thru video, full tabs and chords and lyrics sheet. You’ll receive a link to download the lesson which will download as a zip file of 172 Mb containing all the lesson content.
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Thanks a lot for the lesson Jerry, i saw the intro on Youtube and decided to buy the full version. Really glad i did, you’re a great teacher!
Best of luck
Thanks Audrius. Hope you enjoy it!
Hi Jerry just wanted to say thanks for making this so easy to follow Im a beginner and I’ve always loved this song, sang it for my son when he was little Karaoke style its always been a dream of mine to play acoustic Guitar so at 56 years young I start ! never played an instrument of any kind but Im determined to learn this Song till my fingers fall off !!! I will concede this is ambitious but your method of teaching makes it seem doable ! Thank you again for your Help. Sincerely, John
Good luck with it John. It’s not too difficult but start with something a bit easier and work up to it.
Good one Jerry,
Have to purchase this one.
Didn’t someone else cover this later on?
A band called Ugly Kid Joe had a hit with a rock version of it. I’m not sure if anyone else covered it.
A number of people have actually covered it. Judy Collins, Ricky Skaggs, and Johnny Cash have all covered it. It’s been well covered. One of Harry’s best.
Wow thanks Chris. I hope the lesson lives up to your expectations! Let me know how you get on.
OH Jerry you are such a legend thank you very much for doing this lesson, if i have any chance of learning this song it would be from only you. There are so many lessons of this song on the wide net but the lessons are so confusing and rushed in the ways they are taught by others. When i saw this lesson by you i purchased it straight away because i absoutley know that i will 100% learn this song because it is taught by you like all the other lessons i have learned from you you are absoutley a champion.
i have learned half of it already and yes o yes it lives up to my expectations, with your teaching it is so much clearer of how this song is played, i will admit it is hard because its cappoed at the 8th fret which means alot of squeezing the fingers to make A cord, but hey it improves your guitar skill so much learning this and with practise like any songs it is very achieveable, the lesson you have made is so good and explained throughly which makes it fun and inspiring also with techniques to suit everyone who wants to learn this song.
thank you so much jerry, its really cool learning all these great songs from you