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Watch the After Paris online guitar lesson by John Knowles, C.G.P. from Fingerstyle Journals

When I'm writing a tune, I rely on inspiration, exploration and reflection. I don't have a formula for which comes first. They take turns leading the way. "After Paris" began with my sixth string tuned down to D. I was exploring a chord progression that began with Dm. You might call that noodling, but I call it exploration...so it doesn't sound like I'm goofing off. Over several days, I drifted into some harmonies that felt like late night...the past...and Paris. Inspiration...