Richie Havens – Freedom
Learn how to play Richie Havens – Freedom note-for-note on guitar.
Difficulty level: Intermediate. The chord shapes are easy but the strum pattern is in fast 16thnotes. Note that the main lesson teaches the song in standard tuning which isn’t how Richie Havens plays it, but a separate video shows his (much more difficult) approach.
Barre chords: Yes (partial barre)
Thumb over chords: No
Playing Style: Strummed
The full lesson contains 3 video lessons. The first is the main lesson, in standard tuning using ‘normal’ chord shapes. The second is a lesson on the technique for the fast strumming required for this song. The third is a short video showing the actual tuning and chord shapes used by Richie Havens for those who want to try them. They’re extremely difficult to form if you’re a conventionally-taught guitarist, but they’re included here if you want to try it Richie’s way.
The complete file contains 3 lesson videos, a performance play thru video, full tabs, chords and lyrics. You’ll receive a link to download the lesson which will download as a zip file of 218 Mb containing all the lesson content.
Chords & Songsheet Preview
You’ll receive at least two videos per song, one lesson and one performance-standard play-through. You’ll receive the chords/lyrics and guitar tabs as PDF files.
The videos are mp4 format and should play on PC’s, Macs and most mobile devices.
They will download as Zip files. If you don’t have a Zip program on your PC you’ll need to install one to open the file. I use Zipeg which you can get free, here.
If you want to download to an iPad or iPhone you’ll need an app to do so, please read here to know more about it.