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Last Thing On My Mind

Learning the Tune

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Last Thing On My Mind > Learning the Tune

Hello All!

We’ve got a new song this week: The Last Thing on My Mind by Tom Paxton. This song is a bit of a folk standard. It was written in the 1960s and has been recorded dozens of times by many legendary artists. It’s just one of those undeniably great songs. Over the course of the series we’ll use it as a template to look at some accompanimental techniques that you could use on any song with a similar feel. We’ll also look at Tony Rice’s beautiful arrangement from Church Street Blues.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 3:31 Breakdown of Chords and Rhythm

Loop 13:52 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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James Reed
James Reed Jun 29, 2021

Hi Chris,

You mentioned that the right hand rolling style is something that you've spoken about in other lessons; could you direct me to this?

All the best,

jack Oct 17, 2019

The mother of all quotes !

jack Oct 16, 2019

Great quote !

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 13, 2019

are you going away with no word of farewell ....

Adam F
Adam F Oct 14, 2019

Perfect timing, phrasing, and execution; Chris has taught you well :-)   Seriously, we all miss the lessons, but that was the funniest internet comment I read all year!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 17, 2019

LOL! Well played, well played. But the answer is NO! Not going away, and certainly not without a word of farewell.

I've been completely underwater with various things over the last couple of months but I think I'm now caught up on all questions here and we'll be getting a new lesson up by the end of this month. 😎

Dave Hausner
Dave Hausner Sep 16, 2019

The tab dosen't match the lesson.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Oct 14, 2019

Hi Dave - jus saw your comment.  Can you let us know where you see the difference -- and we will take a look.  Thank you.

James Macklin
James Macklin Sep 15, 2019

One of my favorites. Can't wait to dive in to more depth. And CONGRATULATIONS ON THE AMERICANA INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD!! Well deserved good sir!!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 17, 2019

Thanks so much James! A true honor to be sure! I am most grateful for it!

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 19, 2019

Very sweet ... that would be a great one for the new record with Jules ... there is gonna be a new record right?  Me and a whole bunch of people really hope so.  


Torgeir Jorem
Torgeir Jorem Sep 04, 2019


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 17, 2019

Hey Kip, Julian and I have plans to "get the band back together" a bit next year. Really looking forward to that!

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