For What It’s Worth Guitar Lesson – Buffalo Springfield

Written by Stephen Stills and released by Buffalo Springfield in 1967, "For What It's Worth" has become known as one of the greatest protest songs from the 60's.

From a guitar perspective it is very easy to play and provides a great opportunity to study how to layer guitar parts to produce interesting musical textures.

The verse section is based around simple E major and A major chords. Those two chords form the foundation for two other guitar layers that are being played at the same time. The first layer is a simple little repetitive guitar lick that helps to give the music a little rhythmic momentum.

The second guitar layer is that little natural harmonic riff that pretty much gives "For What It's Worth" it's signature sound.

In this For What It's Worth guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all 3 guitar parts of the verse!

After that we have the chorus in which case I will demonstrate how to play the basic underlying chords. Once again everything is kept pretty simple here.

At the end of the lesson, I will show you how to play the short guitar solo. This solo is also a good starting point if you want to try and figure out all the guitar fills that occur throughout the song.

Have fun everyone! Carl..

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For What It's Worth Guitar Lesson - Buffalo Springfield

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  1. Paul on November 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    When you say harmonics on the off beat, what number is that when counting?

    • Carl Brown on November 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hey Paul, sorry I must have misspoke in the lesson. The harmonics happen on the downbeat of beat 1.

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