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Watch the For My Father online guitar lesson by Andy McKee from Musicarium Songbook

"For My Father" is one that I dedicated to my dad, who got me my first guitar when I turned 13 years old. I wanted to play guitar so badly after I heard Eric Johnson on the radio at the time. I figured that I owed him a tune since he got me into it. He passed away 12 years ago now, so this song is in memory of Dan McKee.

"For My Father" has a fairly unusual tuning that I've used in a few tunes. I get a lot of complaints online about it, and what's problematic about it is your fifth string goes up a step and a half, and the first and second strings go down a whole step. So, all the way across it's E-C-D-G-A-D. What happens sometimes, unfortunately, is the fifth string breaks. There's not really any tips I can give you about avoiding that, it just happens. However, you end up with a really beautiful tuning.

You'll also notice that I put a capo all the way across the third fret. Like I mentioned earlier in the Gear Talk, I use Shubb Capos, which allow for perfect intonation.