"For What It's Worth" comes from the band Buffalo Springfield, which was popular in the 1960s and was a springboard to pop stardom for Neil Young, Jim Messina, and Stephen Stills. Stills wrote "For What It's Worth," which Rolling Stone ranked as the 63rd best song of all time. The song uses E, A, D, and C chords and can be played with a variation of the down, down-up, up-down-up strum pattern you learned in "Eleanor Rigby." In this lesson you'll learn the down, mute-up, up-down-up pattern, which will give you a little more percussive sound. Adrianne shows you how to do a "palm mute" by laying the side of your hand on the strings, as well as a more percussive technique in which you hit the strings with the side of your picking hand. She sings the song in the key of E, which is a good key for male singers. Female singers may want to raise the key with a capo (see the next lesson, "Play and Sing 'For What It's Worth' with a Capo"), or stay in the key of E and sing it an octave higher.
"For What It's Worth" (Available to subscribers)