“Amie” by Pure Prairie League

Difficulty: Intermediate

Composer – Fuller

Where to find this song – Bustin’ Out track # 6

Release Date – August 1972

The Bio:

The band started out with Craig Fuller and George Powell. These guys could
write songs. Period. With so much of a changing roster of musicians, these
guys were there from the start, and were forced to strive under their own
conditions. They constructed some of the most influential portraits of love
going bad, but still going. The tunes are presented with unusual grace and
melody, and Pure Prarie League was able to tap into sophisticated string
melodies thanks to the works of country music superstar Vince Gill, who was
with them for a time. Their combination of romanticism and country rock showed
their gentle and earnest side, and at the same time proved that they did
know how to rock.


Guitar 1

There are a few notations you will need to look at here. Timing is the
key here. Don’t let the ninth and tenth frets sneak up on you. Make sure
you allow enough time between the notes for the correct sound. For the
first guitar part you shouldn’t have much trouble. You will just use
your 1st finger on the seventh fret on the “D” string, and
your 3rd finger on the ninth fret on the “G” string. Last,
just place your 3rd finger on the tenth fret on the “B” string.

Guitar 2

For the second guitar part you will be working with walking notes. That
tells you that as long as you allow your 1st finger to take precedence,
you won’t “play yourself into a corner.” What we mean by this
is that most of the dominant notes should be played by your 1st finger,
and followed by your 3rd and 4th finger. That should help you follow
the patterns. Most of the patterns are somewhat replicated throughout
the measures. You will have a “slide” and a “bend” in
this riff. A slide is when you use one finger to move from the first
note shown to the second note shown. A bend is when you bend the string
a certain amount so that it sounds like it does in the audio and/or video.
In this case you will be playing a full bend on the seventh fret on the “high
E” string.

Guitar 3

For the third guitar part, you will be mostly repeating the same idea
from the second guitar part.

Here’s the full intro:

Here’s the backing solo:

Here’s the backing intro:

Here’s the full solo:

Here’s the full verse:

“Amie” Video Lesson

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