Okay, so my new Taylor GA3-12 will be here in another 3-4 weeks and I want to start learning some songs that particularly lend themselves to playing 12-string at open-mics.
Not instrumentals ... singer/songwriter type stuff.
What do you folks suggest ??
Take a YouTube search for "Love The One You're With". There are a couple of nice live CS&N concert vids with them doing it with just Stephan playing his guitar. Also, you might find a vid with the versio from the CS&N Demos CD, which is just Stills playing it. I might add that the Demos CD is pretty good. The other song, if you have the voice for it, is "Marrakesh Express". It's not hard to play, which I finally learned from watching it on YouTube.
This guy will make you drool with his collection of guitars, and he has a lot of vids worth checking out, including love the one you're with. He uses a similar alternate tuning to C-C-C-C-G-C, but again, on a 12-string you can just use regular tuning and play it in G. You'll note in this vid, no organ solo - it's not needed - though I confess it plays in my head whenever I play the tune.
"There's a road on the way to love" is what I sang for the longest time. Funny. Young pups don't know how good they have it now with all the stuff available on the internet, lyrics, tutorials, tabs, and my fav - YouTube.
Some others for 12-string: "Wild Horses", "Ooh, La, La", "Wild World" by Cat Stevens
Love the videos ..thanks for posting them!! Was David Crosby ever really that young and healthy looking??? :-(
"More than Words", "What I like about You", "Signs,Signs, Everywhere a Sign", "Salsbury Hill", "Take it on the Run", "Give a little Bit"
Just heard "Have you ever really loved a woman?" - that would work nicely...
Do you fingerpick? I do "Ring, Ring" by Leo Kottke, "Mr Bojangles", "Can't Find My Way Home" and Howard Emerson's version of "Maybelline". Flatpicked, I found that "Burnin' Down The House" worked way better than I would have imagined (capo X so a cutaway might be necessary).
I'm just getting into finger picking ... I'm doing okay on my 6-strings, but will probably find it challenging for a while to do on my new 12 string when it gets here. No cutaway on the Taylor GA3-12 I ordered.